Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
This course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs.
As the official disease name was established after material creation, any mention of nCoV refers to COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
The total number of deaths has now reached 8,384 and the death rate stands at 1.54 percent.
At least 410 new infections were recorded in the meantime, taking the total number of people infected to 5,44,954, added the release.
The current positivity rate is 2.63 percent while the total positivity rate stands at 13.61 percent.
A total of 15,560 samples were tested across the country in 24 hours (till 8am today).
At least 957 Covid-19 patients have recovered during this period.
The total number of recoveries now stands at 4,94,755 and the recovery rate at 90.79 percent.
Among the deceased, four are men and one was woman and all of them were above 60 years old, added the release.
The daily percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has gone up over 3% after dipping lower for two days.
In the 24 hours to Friday morning, 470 infections were reported with the daily test positivity rate standing at 3.13%.
With the latest developments, the number of all confirmed cases now stands at 545,424, according to the daily virus update by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) released on Friday afternoon.
The as 2.63% on Thursday, which marked the continuation of the ongoing trend of single-digit percentage test positivity rate in the country.
The overall positivity percentage on Friday was, however, 14.57% with a total of 4,018,268 tests being conducted across the country till now.
The country also registered 11 more deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally up to 8,395.
As many as 15,032 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 214 authorized labs — government and private — across the country. Till now 4,018,268 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in the country.
Of the 11 deceased – six men and five women – seven were from Dhaka division and four from Chittagong.
All of them breathed their last while undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.54%.
The health authorities said 743 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 495,498 patients – 90.85% of all infected – have made full recovery across the country.
On March 8, the health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China’s Wuhan city in late December of 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 2,520,856 lives and infected as many as 113,619,185 people across the world till Friday afternoon, according to worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 89,196,669 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has highly applauded Bangladesh’s tremendous efforts in mitigating the health and socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He made the statement while meeting the foreign minister virtually on Thursday.
Referring to Bangladesh’s past successes in disaster management, the UN secretary-general said, in view of Bangladesh’s ranking as a global leader in risk mitigation, he was not surprised to see such accomplishment.
He expressed his admiration for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, especially for her strong commitment to the people of Bangladesh, as said by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
They also agreed that Covid-19 vaccination should be treated as a ‘global public good’.
The secretary-general highly appreciated Bangladesh’s generosity in giving shelter to the Rohingyas and reiterated that the return of refugees to Myanmar is their common objective.
He said the UN stands ready to support Bangladesh in resolving this particular crisis.
The foreign minister informed the Secretary-General of the measures taken by the Government in Bhasan Char and requested the UN’s support for humanitarian assistance there for the Rohingyas.
He termed Bangladesh’s enormous adaptation efforts on the coastal region and managing rivers as remarkable efforts.
Expressing satisfaction that Bangladesh is going to graduate from the LDC category, the foreign minister requested the secretary-general to use his good offices to convince development partners and IFIs to incentivize the graduating countries with new support mechanisms even after graduation.
Sharing his views, the SG mentioned that graduation should not be considered a technocratic issue measured only by GDP, instead a multidimensional vulnerability index may be used while considering this. “Graduation should not be punished rather than rewarded,” he added.
The foreign minister discussed, among others, the issues of the twin celebration of the birth centenary of the father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of independence, peacekeeping, LDC issues and SG’s reelection bid.
He invited the secretary-general to participate in the celebration of the Mujib Year and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York Ambassador Rabab Fatima was also present during the meeting.
The state of Victoria – historically the second-biggest car market – once again recorded the nation’s biggest sales slowdown, with 17,594 new cars reported as sold (versus 24,535 for the same month last year), a decline of 28.3 percent.
However Victorian dealers have reported strong interest after lockdowns eased towards the end of the month, and the early prospects of a recovery in the coming months are good.
By comparison, new-car sales in NSW were up by 6.2 percent, while Queensland was up by 11.7 percent, South Australia was up by 14.5 percent and West Australia was up by 17 percent.
The Northern Territory was up by 27.7 percent due to an increase in mining and tourism business, while the Australian Capital Territory was up by 28.1 percent, as insurance companies continued to replace motor vehicles written off in severe storms earlier this year.
After leading the first six months of this year, the Toyota HiLux ute returned to the top of the monthly sales charts after being beaten by the Toyota RAV4 mid-size SUV and Ford Ranger ute for the past three months in a row.
Another sign the economy is moving again: utes filled three of the Top Six sales spots.
The new Isuzu D-Max ute finished sixth outright – its highest monthly result ever and the first time it has ranked third among its ute peers – behind the Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive in fourth and Toyota Corolla small car in fifth.