Bangladesh logged one Covid-linked death along with 273 fresh cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning amid the growing concern over the new ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus.
With the latest cases, the daily-case positivity rate rose to 1.38 per cent from Monday’s 1.34 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 27,981 while the caseload mounted to 15,76,284.
The latest deceased was a woman in her 60s and was from the Dhaka division.
However, the mortality rate remained static at 1.78 per cent.
The fresh cases were detected after testing 19,924 samples, the DGHS added.
Besides, the recovery rate increased to 97.76 per cent with the recovery of 368 more patients during the 24-hour period.
On November 20, Bangladesh logged this year’s first zero Covid-linked death with 178 cases.
So far, 3,66,82,766 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 6,02,36,018 received the first dose as of Monday, according to the DGHS.
However, public health experts fear a slow pace of vaccination, waning vaccine immunity, disregard for Covid safety protocols, reopening of schools and increased travel may set the stage for another Covid wave in Bangladesh -- a trend many European countries are witnessing now.