As coronavirus keeps moving fast, the death toll from the deadly Covid-19 in Bangladesh hit 314 with 16 more deaths being reported in the last 24 hours till Saturday (May 16) noon. The health authorities also confirmed 930 new cases during the period, pushing up the national total to an alarming level of 20,995.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at the daily online briefing.
The health official informed that the recovery count also jumped to 4,117 in the last 24 hours after 235 patients were discharged from hospitals.
In the last 24 hours, 32 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 6,782 samples, she added.
The DGHS, however, did not receive test reports from eight laboratories due to weekly holiday on Friday, she said.
The global death toll from coronavirus reached 308,807 as of Saturday.
According to worldometer data, 4,639,157 cases have so far been confirmed since the virus was first reported in China in December last year. So far, 1,766,039 people have recovered. Of those infected, 2,564,311 are currently being treated and 45,014 of them are in serious or critical condition.
The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on Mar 11. Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on Mar 18.
To cope with the worsening coronavirus situation, the government on Thursday extended general holidays further until May 30.