Although the country saw well below 200 fatalities for three consecutive days as of Friday, it came close to the grim landmark again as 195 people died of Covid-19 in 24 hours till Saturday morning.
Bangladesh recorded 6,780 new cases of infections during the period after testing 20,827 samples.
With Covid's Delta variant spreading fast, the country's fatalities had been hovering at nearly 200 for the last two weeks. It reported the highest daily Covid-19 fatality number – 231 – on July 19 and 13,768 infections on the 12th of the month.
There have been 1,153,344 infections and 19,046 coronavirus deaths here since the pandemic started, according to a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Meanwhile, the daily test positivity rate increased to 32.55 % from Saturday’s 31.05% , when the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 5% or below rate.
The death rate increased to 1.65% after remaining static at 1.64%for some days.
The recovery rate rose to 85.62% with 9,723 patients recovering during the 24- hour period.
As usual, Dhaka division recorded the highest 68 deaths followed by 41 in Khulna, 36 in Chattogram, 18 in Rajshahi, 16 in Rangpur, 10 in Mymensingh, five in Barishal and one in Sylhet divisions.
Of them, 103 were men and 92 were women.
As per their age breakdown, one was under 10, two were between 11-20, 16 between 31-40, 31 between 41-50, 45 between 51-60 and 100 were above 60, the release added.