The novel coronavirus claimed the lives of 22 more people and infected 2,381 others in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am Monday.
With the new figures, the COVID-19 deaths rose to 672 and infections climbed to 49,534 in the country, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, in the daily online bulletin on the COVID-19 situation.
Bangladesh reported its first three coronavirus infections on March 8 and the first death from the virus on March 18.
The country is now in the 13th week and passed the 86th day on Monday since the first infections.
The COVID-19 infections and deaths multiplied manifold in the recent weeks. On Sunday, a record 40 people died and 2,545 persons were diagnosed with the infection.
In the outgoing 12th week, 12,530 people were identified with COVID-19 and 158 people died of the viral disease.
There were 11,083 infections and 138 deaths in the 11th week.
The infections and deaths started increasing markedly from the beginning of the 10th week when the government on May 10 eased the lockdown, reopening markets, malls, and mills and factories.
The number of infections was 7,225 and that of deaths 100 in the 10th week, while the infections in the ninth week were 4,980 and the deaths 39.In the eighth week, the number of infections was 3,792 and that of deaths 35.
Until April 30, the country recorded 7,667 COVID-19 cases with 168 deaths.
Amid the spiralling infections and deaths, the government decided to lift the restriction on the public movement and allowed to reopen the business and offices from Sunday.
Nasima said that 11,439 specimens were tested in the past 24-hour period at 52 labs across the country and 2,381 of them were found positive for COVID-19.
Besides, 6,021 suspected patients were in isolation on Monday.
In the past 24 hours, 816 more people were declared recovered from their infection as they were not showing symptoms of COVID-19. So far, 10,597 people were declared cured.
Among the 22 new deaths reported, 19 were male and three female. Eleven of them died in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, two in Sylhet division and one in Barishal division.
One of the deceased was in the 21–30 years age bracket, eight in 41–50, four in 51–60, seven in 61–70 and two in the 71–80 years bracket.
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