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14 more die as cases cross 22,000
Deshsangbad Desk
Published : Sunday, 17 May, 2020 at 5:56 PM, Update: 31.05.2020 8:32:56 PM

Bangladesh has recorded the highest single day coronavirus cases with 1,273 people having tested positive in the last 24 hours.

With the latest figures, the number of total confirmed cases surpassed the grim 22,000 mark, jumping to 22,268.

Previously, Bangladesh recorded the highest single day cases (1,202) from the coronavirus infection on May 15.

The country also recorded 14 more deaths from the deadly disease over the same period, taking the number of fatalities to 328.

The deaths account for 1.47% of the total infected.

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

She said as many as 8,574 samples were collected in the past 24 hours. Of those, 8,114 were tested, taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 175,408.

Prof Nasima said the testing is now being done at 42 labs -- 21 in Dhaka city and 21 across the country -- with the last one at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar.

Analysis of the deceased

The DGHS official said that of the 14 new deceased -- 13 men and a woman -- 13 died in different hospitals across the country.

Among the deaths, nine occurred in Dhaka division and the rest in Chittagong division, she said.

Of the deceased, one was between the age of 11 and 20, one was aged 31 to 40, two were 41 to 50 years of age, three were between 51 and 60 years old, three were aged 61 to 70, three were between the ages of 71 and 80, and one was aged between 81 and 90.

On May 16, deaths from coronavirus infection crossed the 300 mark in Bangladesh while the country recorded its first fatality on March 18.

4,373 people recover so far

In the briefing, Prof Nasima also said that 256 more Covid-19 patients have recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours.

As per the revised guidelines provided by the Clinical Management Committee of the health authorities, 4,373 people so far have won the fight against coronavirus.

The total recoveries account for 19.64% of the total infected, she said.

Nasima said: "276 people were put under institutional isolation in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,248 while 1,604 individuals were released from the isolation so far.

"Meanwhile, 3,634 people have been put in home and institutional quarantine in the past 24 hours. Till now 240,548 people have been quarantined across the country, of which 191,131 have been released."

Nasima also told the press that a total of 2,251,304 personal protective equipment (PPE) have been collected to date and at least 1,915,772 have been distributed across the country.

"We have 335,532 PPE in stock now."

On March 8, the health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus named 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 313,545 lives and infected 4,736,389 people across the world till 3:35pm on Sunday, according to Worldometer.

As many as 1,819,119 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.


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