Daily virus caseload crosses 1,000

The country’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 239


Bangladesh has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases — 1,034 — and 11 deaths in a 24-hour span, since the deadly disease was first detected in the country back in March.

With the latest figure, recorded between Sunday and Monday afternoon, the country’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 239.

And, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on Sunday also surpassed the 15,000-mark, climbing to 15,692 thanks to the new cases recorded in the last 24 hours.

Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of the health services directorate or DGHS, revealed the latest figures during a daily online bulletin on the country’s Covid-19 situation from Dhaka on Monday afternoon.

She said as many as 7,267 samples were collected and 7,208 were tested in the last 24 hours, while a total of 129,865 tests have been conducted till date.

A new laboratory has been opened in Abdul Malek Medical College in Noakhali, taking the total number of labs in the country to 37.

Prof Nasima also revealed that 252 Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people who have made full recovery so far to 2,902.

According to these latest figures, Bangladesh is currently seeing a 1.53% death rate from Covid-19 and an 18.52% recovery rate.

On May 8, Covid-19 deaths had crossed the 200-mark in Bangladesh, just three weeks after the country witnessed the 100-mark in fatalities.

Bangladesh recorded its first fatality on March 18 and crossed its 100-mark on April 20.

On April 17, the country had recorded the highest number deaths — 15 — in a 24-hour span from the disease, which has been dubbed a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

On March 8, the health authorities in Bangladesh had reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus named Sars-CoV-2.

The disease had originated from China’s Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

So far, the fast spreading novel coronavirus has infected more than 4,194,830 people and claimed over 284,020 lives across the world till Monday afternoon, according to worldometer.

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Meanwhile, nearly 1,499,803 people have also recovered from the deadly disease.