The number of Covid-19 cases reported daily in Bangladesh has climbed for five consecutive days this week.
In the last 24 hours till Thursday 8am, 1,845 people tested positive for Covid-19, taking the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country to 4,27,198.
Earlier, 1,733 Covid-19 cases were reported on 11 November (Wednesday), 1,699 on 10 November, 1,683 on 9 November, 1,474 on 8 November, and 1,289 on 7 November.
Noted virologist Professor Nazrul Islam told the Business Standard that infections are on the rise because people are not wearing masks and not following hygiene rules.
He said, "People should not avoid wearing masks hoping the arrival of a vaccine. Early vaccines may not provide much protection."
"Currently, there is no alternative to wearing a mask and following the health guidelines," added said Professor Nazrul Islam, a former vice-chancellor of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Bangladesh has reported 13 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Among the victims, nine were men and four were women. Eight of them hailed from Dhaka, two from Rangpur, one each from Chattogram, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions.
All of them died in hospitals.
The country's death toll from the virus now stands at 6,140.
The latest day's infection rate was 10.78% of the total tests. The overall infection rate in the country to date was 17.08% and the death rate was 1.44%.
Meanwhile, 17,112 samples were tested in 115 labs across the country in the past 24 hours. A total of 25,01,800 samples have been tested in the country so far.
Also, 1,737 patients were declared free of Covid-19 during the same period, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,44,868 with an 80.73% recovery rate.
The gender breakdown of Covid-19 victims shows that 4,728 of the total deceased were men, while 1,412 were women.
The country's first cases were reported on 8 March this year, and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.