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Bangladesh sees alarming spike in Covid-19 cases


Bangladesh sees alarming spike in Covid-19 cases

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 cases soared to 23,870 with the detection of 1,602 new patients in the last 24 hours till Monday (May 18) morning. The country also recorded the deaths of 21 more patients from the virus infection during the period, raising the total death toll to 349. The recovery count also surged to 4,585 in the last 24 hours after 212 people were discharged from hospitals.

Bangladesh today recorded the biggest single-day spike of deaths of 21 people from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), raising the total number of fatalities from the pandemic to 349. The caseload also soared to 23,870 after 1,602 people tested positive for Covid-19 in a daily count, the steepest single day jump.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Additional Director General (Administration) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana told at the daily virtual health bulletin at the DGHS in the city.

Dr Nasima said that a total of 9,788 samples were tested, the highest in a single day, at the 42 authorised labs across the country during the period. She informed that the recovery count also surged to 4,585 in the last 24 hours after 212 patients were discharged from hospitals.

Among the total infections, 19.21 percent patients have recovered while 1.46 percent died so far since the first Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the country on Mar 8, the top heath official said.

She said among the 21 deaths, two are in their 30s, six in their 40s, eight in their 50s and five in their 60s. Of the fatalities, 17 are male and four is female, the health official said.

Among the Covid-19 victims, the health official said, six are in Dhaka city and rests are outside the capital.

According to the division-wise data, 12 deaths took place in Dhaka division, seven in Chattogram division, one in Sylhet division and one in Rajshahi division, she said.

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