Bangladesh’s virus cases surge by 15,527 in a day, another 17 die

People wait in queues to receive their vaccine doses at Dhaka North City Corporation’s COVID-19 hospital in Mohakhali on Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove
Bangladesh has reported 15,527 new coronavirus cases, taking the total caseload to 1,731,524.

The death toll rose to 28,273 as 17 more patients died from the disease in the 24 hours to 8 am on Wednesday, according to the latest government data.

The government reported that 49,073 samples were tested across the country, logging a positivity rate of 31.64 percent.

Among the eight divisions, Dhaka recorded the highest number of cases and deaths with 9,456 infections and 10 fatalities.

Another 1,052 people recovered from the illness nationwide, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,560,006.

The latest figures put the recovery rate at 90.09 percent and the mortality rate at 1.63 percent.

Globally, over 358.93 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 5.61 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.