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

Cox Gazette June 5, 2020, 04:19 PM Covid-19 deaths cross 800-mark in Bangladesh, cases top 60,000

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

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

Meanwhile, the country has crossed the 60,000 mark in the confirmed cases of coronavirus with 2,828 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours.

With this, the number of total confirmed cases jumped to 60,391.

The country reached the grim figure in nearly three months since its first cases were reported on March 8.

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 online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.

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. 

Among 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, also 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 3:05 pm 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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