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Covid-19 deaths cross 800-mark in Bangladesh, cases top 60,000

30 more die, another 2,828 test positive in last 24 hours

Update : 05 Jun 2020, 02:40 PM

Bangladesh has crossed 800 deaths as 30 more people have died of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours.

With the latest figure, the number of fatalities rose to 811 for Bangladesh. 

The country also crossed 60,000 in confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 2,828 people having tested positive in the past 24 hours.

With this, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 60,391.

The country reached the grim figure in close to three months since its first cases were reported back in March.

Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Friday afternoon, in a daily Covid-19 online bulletin.

Of the deceased -- 23 men and seven women -- 11 were from Dhaka division, 12 from Chittagong division, three from Sylhet, two from Rajshahi, and one each from Barisal and Rangpur divisions, she said. 

Of the deceased, 17 died in hospitals and 13 at home, she said.

The death toll accounts for 1.34% of the total infected.

Earlier, Bangladesh registered the highest number of Covid-19 deaths (40) in a single day on May 31. 

Prof Nasima, the DGHS acting director general (DG), said as many as 14,645 samples were collected in the past 24 hours. Of those, 14,088 were tested in 50 labs across the country.

In all, 372,365 tests have been conducted so far, she said.

On June 2, the country logged 2,911 Covid-19 cases, highest in a 24-hour span, since the first cases reported back in March.

643 more recover

In the briefing, the DGHS acting DG also said that 643 more Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.

So far 12,804 people (21.20% of all infected) have made full recovery after being infected by the novel coronavirus.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the 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 has claimed 393,449 lives and infected 6,717,357 people across the world till 3:05pm on Friday, according to Worldometer.

As many as 3,262,014 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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