Bangladesh today recorded 77 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) deaths, the highest number in a single day since its first detection on Mar 8 last year while 5,343 fresh cases were reported during the period.
The tally of infections has surged to 6,78,937 as 5,343 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
A total of 77 Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,661.
It said 20.49 percent of the 26,077 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on Feb 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.
The samples were tested at 243 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.
The recovery count rose to 5,72,378 after another 3,837 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed that of the people infected from the beginning, 84.30 percent recovered, while 1.42 percent died.
It said 51 out of the 77 died in Dhaka division alone and 53 of them were male while 24 were female and added that one is between 11 to 20 years, three are in their 20s, two in their 30s, five in their 40s, 22 in their 50s while 44 are above 60 years.
Bangladesh recorded the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities on Jun 30 last year when the virus killed 64 people in a day.
As of Apr 10, 2021, 10:52 GMT, 2,931,626 people have died so far from the Covid-19 outbreak and there are currently 135,440,478 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.