Bangladesh today reported 1,617 fresh positive cases from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the highest single-day jump, increasing the virus caseload to 26,738.
“The fatalities from the pandemic also surged to 386 as 16 more Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Additional Director General (Administration) Prof Nasima Sultana told at the daily health bulletin in the city.
She said that a total of 10,207 samples, the highest in a single day, were tested at 43 the authorised labs across the country during the period.
The top health official informed that the recovery count also jumped to 5,207 in the last 24 hours after 214 patients were discharged from hospitals.
Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first Covid-19 cases.
Among the total infections, 19.47 percent patients have recovered while 1.04 percent died so far since the first Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the country on Mar 8, the heath official said.
She said among the 16 deaths, one is in his 30s, one in his 30s, one in his 40s, five in their 50s, four in their 60s, two in their 70s, one in his 80s and one below 10.
Among the Covid-19 victims, the health official said seven are in Dhaka city and rests are outside the capital city.
According to the division-wise data, seven deaths took place in Dhaka division, five in Chattogram division, three in Rangpur division and one in Sylhet division.
As of May 20, 11:24 GMT, 325,325 people have died so far from the Covid-19 outbreak and there are 5,008,183 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China is the world’s first country which on Jan 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.