Bangladesh reports first COVID death in a month, 16 cases

Relatives carry the body of a coronavirus victim for burial at Rayerbazar Graveyard in Dhaka on Wednesday, Apr 7, 2021 amid a record surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi
Bangladesh has recorded the first death from COVID-19 in a month, taking the death toll from the disease to 29,128.

The country also registered 16 cases of COVID-19 in a day, taking the overall tally of infections to 1,953,204, according to the latest government data released on Saturday.

As many as 3,927 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 0.41 percent.

Among the eight divisions, Dhaka recorded the highest number of cases, with nine infections.

Another 172 people recovered from the illness nationwide, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,900,747.

The latest figures put the recovery rate at 97.31 percent and the mortality rate at 1.49 percent.

Globally, over 526.90 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 6.28 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.