Bangladesh has recorded 2,139 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours till Monday at 8am, the highest figure in the last 71 days, raising the alarm of a further rise in this deadly virus in the country.
The upward trend in virus transmission means that health experts' prophecy about Covid-19 in the upcoming winter season is coming true.
Therefore, public awareness and action needs to be heightened to keep both the infection and death rate in check, as the temperature falls countrywide.
The previous highest number of infections was recorded on 7 September with 2,202 people testing positive for the virus.
Since then, the infection rate came down to 1,094 new cases on 24 October. However, over the last three weeks, it has gradually begun to rise again, according to a press statement issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
During the last 24 hours, 21 more people died of the disease, taking the number of total deaths to 6,215 in the country.
The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 434,472 with a death rate of 1.43%.
A total of 15,768 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours while the rate of positive cases was 13.57%.
The overall infection rate in the country now stands at 16.99%.
Among the 21 deceased in the last 24 hours, 15 were men and six were women. Except for one, all were undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the country.
Of them, 13 hailed from Dhaka division, four from Chattogram, three from Rangpur, and the remaining ones from Rajshahi.
In the last 24 hours, 1,604 patients recovered from the virus. The total number of recoveries in the country stands at 351,146 and the recovery rate at 80.82%.
The gender breakdown of the Covid-19 fatalities showed that men were three times more likely to become infected with the novel coronavirus than women.
The country's maiden Covid-19 cases were reported on 8 March this year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.