Another 1,557 test positive in 24 hours
Death toll from the coronavirus infection has surpassed 5,000 mark in Bangladesh as 28 more people died of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours till Tuesday morning.
With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities surged to 5,007, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its daily virus update.
The country reached the grim milestone of deaths, four weeks after the body count reached the 4,000 mark on August 25.
The number of fatalities hit the 3,000 mark on July 28 and surpassed 2,000 mark on July 5.
Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh crossed 1,000 on June 10 in nearly three months since the first fatality was recorded on March 18.
Of the 28 deceased, including 17 men, 18 were from Dhaka division, four from Chittagong, three from Khulna, and one each from Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Rangpur divisions.
All the victims died at different hospitals.
So far, 3,890 men (77.69%) and 1,117 women (22.31%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.42%.
Meanwhile, the country logged more than 352,000 coronavirus cases with 1,557 people having tested positive in the last 24 hours.
With this development, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 352,178.
The DGHS said 14,244 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients between Monday and Tuesday mornings.
As many as 14,164 samples were tested in the 102 authorized labs — government and private — across the country.
The latest figures show an infection rate of 10.99%.
To date, 1,848,487 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 19.05% so far.
The health authorities said 2,073 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 260,790 patients — 74.05% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country.
On March 8, 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 last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 969,811 lives and infected 31,507,685 people across the world till Tuesday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 23,134,712 people have recovered from the deadly virus which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.