Published : Sunday, 31 May, 2020 at 6:32 PM, Update: 05.06.2020 10:41:55 PM
Bangladesh has witnessed the record of highest single day coronavirus deaths as 40 more people have died of the deadly disease in the last 24 hours.
The grim record of deaths has been set at a time when the country has reopened operations of all offices, businesses, and transports on a limited scale after ending a general holiday which was extended in phases until May 30 to choke the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities rose to 650.
Alongside the death record, the country also logged the highest single day coronavirus cases with 2,545 people having tested positive in the past 24 hours, pushing up the total number of confirmed cases to 47,153.
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 the lockdown is easing, we are on our way to leading a normal life. But obviously we have to be very careful."
Of the deceased--33 men and seven women--28 were from Dhaka division, eight from Chittagong division, two from Khulna, and one each from Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions, she said.
The death toll accounts for 1.38% of the total infected.
Earlier, Bangladesh registered the highest number of Covid-19 deaths (28) in a single day on May 24 and 30. Deaths from coronavirus infection crossed the grim 600 mark in the country on May 30.
The country crossed the 100 mark in deaths on April 20.
Prof Nasima, also the DGHS acting director general (DG), said as many as 12,229 samples were collected in the past 24 hours. Of those, 11,876 were tested in 52 labs across the country.
In all, 308,930 tests have been conducted so far, she said.
On May 29, the country recorded 2,523 Covid-19 cases -- highest in a 24-hour span, since the first cases reported back in March.
406 more recover
In the briefing, the DGHS acting DG also said that 406 more Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.
So far 9,781 people (20.74% 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 371,282 lives and infected 6,176,278 people across the world till 3:20pm on Sunday, according to Worldometer.
As many as 2,745,011 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.