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Bangladesh's daily COVID-19 cases top 16,000

Xinhua
26 Jan 2022, 02:05 GMT+10

DHAKA, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh confirmed 16,033 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, nearing the country's all-time record last year, according to figures published by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest spike surpassed the 14,828 cases recorded on Monday, and put the all-time daily record of 16,230 recorded on July 28 last year within a short range.

The current positivity rate rose to 32.4 percent in the past 24 hours until 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday, according to the latest data, taking the total caseload to 1,715,997.

The DGHS reported 18 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 28,256.

Health officials in Dhaka said the gradual rise in the infection indicates that the country's COVID-19 situation is worsening again.

The official data showed that 49,492 samples were tested in the last 24 hours to Tuesday morning. The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 1,558,954, including 1,095 new recoveries, said the DGHS.

According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.65 percent and the current recovery rate is 90.85 percent.

The country began its COVID-19 vaccination drive in January to contain the pandemic.

The Bangladeshi government subsequently halted administering the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine after India banned vaccine exports. In June last year, the vaccination drive resumed in parts of the country with the China-donated Sinopharm vaccine.

To combat the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged unvaccinated people to get inoculated soon in order to protect themselves against the ongoing resurgence triggered by the Omicron variant.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said reckless movement of people had led to the fresh spike in infections, and 70-80 percent of the patients were infected with the Omicron variant, which is alarming.

Amid a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, the Bangladeshi government earlier this month issued a circular with 11 directives effective from Jan. 13.

In line with the directives, people must wear masks at all gatherings, shopping malls and restaurants.

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