COVID-19 cases top 30,000, death toll reaches 432

24 die with 1,694 more infections in 24 hours

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:49, May 22,2020 | Updated: 23:41, May 22,2020


Nasima Sultana, additional director general of Directorate General of Health Services, addresses the daily online bulletin on COVID-19 situation Friday. -- Screen Grab

Bangladesh registered 24 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,694 more new cases in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am Friday.

With the latest updates, the death toll hit 432 and the number of infections detected reached 30,205, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, in the daily online bulletin on the COVID-19 situation.

‘We tested 9,727 samples at the 47 labs across the country in the 24 hours and 1,694 of them were found positive for COVID-19,’ she said.

Besides, 24 more people died of COVID-19 during this time, with 15 dying while under treatment at hospitals, eight at homes and one was brought dead to a hospital, she added.

The government on Friday eased the restrictions on entering and leaving the capital as Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, neared.

Nasima, however, urged people not to leave the capital saying that the movement to villages would increase the risk of spreading infections there.

In the past five days, 24 COVID-19 patients died at home while nine others were brought dead to hospitals.

Bangladesh confirmed its first COVID-19 cases on March 8 and first death on March 18.

The country is now in the11th week of infections and passed the 76th day on Friday since the first infections.

The cases and deaths increased significantly in May, especially after May 10, also beginning of the10th week of infections, when the government slackened the lockdown, opening up markets, shopping malls and factories.

Until April 30, the country’s COVID-19 cases numbered 7,667 with 168 deaths while 22,538 cases and 264 deaths were added to the list in the first 22 days of May.

In the six days of the 11th week, the country registered 9,264 cases and 118 deaths while the number of infections in the 10th week was 7,225 and the number of deaths 100.

COVID-19 Situation in Bangladesh. Source: Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research

The eighth week infections numbered 3,792 and deaths 35 while the infections in the ninth week were 4980 and the deaths 39.

Nasima said that among the new 24 deaths, five were aged 21–30 years, three 31–40 years, two 41–50 years, five 51–60 years, six 61–70 years and three were above 71 years.

On Friday, 4,060 suspected patients were in isolation, Nasima said.

Besides, 588 more people recovered from their infection during the 24-hour period, taking the total number of patients that recovered to 6,190.


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