The deaths caused by the dreaded coronavirus has reached a new peak with 101 deaths recorded in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Friday morning.
For the first time, the daily death count surpassed the 100-mark, pushing total deaths to 10,182 in the country.
M Mustuq Husain, adviser, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told The Business Standard, "Most people who contracted the virus after 5 March are now dying. We hope that after next Monday, the death rate will reduce. For that to happen, the infection rate needs to go down as well."
With 4,417 more new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country's caseload now stands at 711,779. Amid the deadly second wave, the single-day death rate stood at 1.43% and the infection rate at 23.36% in the country.
Among the latest day's victims, 67 were men and 34 were women. Of them, 94 died in different hospitals across the country while seven at home.
Moreover, 59 of them hailed from Dhaka, 20 from Chattogram, six from Rangpur, five from Khulna, four from Barishal, three each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh, and one from Sylhet.
ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said, "Thanks to the lockdown, the patient pressure in hospitals is decreasing now. We hope that eventually, the infection rate and deaths will reduce as well."
"However," Alam added, "Young people are not following the rules of hygiene and they are infecting the elderly, resulting in the deaths of the elderly. Young people need to follow hygiene rules to protect the elderly in their families."
Meanwhile, 5,694 patients were declared free of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, with an 84.7% recovery rate. Besides, 18,906 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in 257 labs across the country.
The Covid-19 victims' gender breakdown shows that 7,566 of the total deceased were men and 2,616 were women.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March that year.