DGHS says record 2,911 people tested positive and 37 people died since Monday afternoon
Within nearly three months of detecting its first Covid-19 cases, Bangladesh has crossed the grim 50,000 mark with a record of 2,911 people having tested positive in the last 24 hours.
With the latest figure, the number of total confirmed cases jumped to 52,445.
The country also recorded 37 more deaths from the deadly disease in the past 24 hours, taking the number of fatalities to 709.
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Additional Director General (Administration) Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.
Of the deceased -- 33 men and four women -- 10 were from Dhaka division, 15 from Chittagong division, four from Sylhet, three from Barisal, two each from Rajshahi and Rangpur, and one from Mymensingh division, she said.
The DGHS additional DG added that one of the deceased was between 21 and 30 years of age, four between 31 and 40, one between 41 and 50, 10 between 51 and 60, nine between 61 and 70, 10 between 71 and 80, and two between 81 to 90.
Among the deceased, 28 died in hospitals and nine at home, she further said.
The death toll accounts for 1.35% of the total infected.
Earlier, Bangladesh registered the highest number of Covid-19 deaths (40) in a single day on May 31. Deaths from coronavirus infection crossed the grim 600 mark in the country on May 30.
The country crossed the 100 deaths mark on April 20.
Prof Nasima, also the DGHS acting DG, said as many as 14,950 samples were collected in the past 24 hours. Among them, 12,704 were tested in 52 labs across the country.
In all, 333,073 tests have been conducted so far, she said.
On May 31, the country logged 2,545 Covid-19 cases -- highest in a 24-hour span, since the first cases reported back in March.
523 more recover
In the briefing, the DGHS acting DG also said that 523 more Covid-19 patients had recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.
So far 11,120 people (21% of all infected) have made full recoveries after being infected by the novel coronavirus.
The acting DG also said 388 people were sent into isolation and 169 left it over the past 24 hours, taking the number of people currently in isolation across the country to 6,240. A total 3,407 people have left isolation, so far.
A total of 2,506 people have been quarantined and 3,097 left it in last 24 hours. A total 290,385 people have been put in home and institutional quarantine since the arrival of the pandemic. Among them, 231,840 have been released while 58,545 are still in quarantine.
In the briefing, Dr Nasima emphasized need to continue following health guidelines and said: “Whenever you go out, you must wear a mask. Maintain social distancing to protect each other from coronavirus.
"We must wash our hands with soap and water repeatedly, and refrain from touching our eyes, mouth, and nose until we wash our hands properly," she added.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2. The virus broke out in China's Wuhan in December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus had claimed 377,881 lives and infected 6,388,234 people across the world as of 3:10pm on Tuesday, according to Worldometer.
As many as 2,922,116 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.