Twenty-three more people died of COVID-19 and a whopping 2,523 more positive cases were detected in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am Friday, as the novel coronavirus deaths and infections continued to soar in Bangladesh.
With these figures, the country’s COVID-19 death toll hit 582 and infections reached 42,844, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, in the daily online bulletin on the COVID-19 situation.
Almost every day the number of infections is breaking records. The identification of 2,523 coronavirus positive people in a 24-hour period is the highest for a single-day infections in the country.
Thursday’s detection of 2,029 infected people was the first time the country witnessed over 2,000 COVID-19 patients in a day.
Amid the growing concerns over the fast-rising rate of infections, the government on Thursday decided to allow public movement from Sunday though it said on a limited scale.
‘Everything will be opened up after Sunday… Please use masks, wash your hands and cover faces during your outdoor movement,’ Nasima requested people.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed its first coronavirus infections and on March 18 the first death from the infection.
The country passed the 83rd day on Friday since the first infections and is in the 12th week of infections.
In the first six days of the ongoing 12th week, 10,763 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 and 130 people died of the disease.
The infections saw sharp rises after May 10, the beginning of the 10th week of infections, when the government slackened the lockdown, reopening malls, markets, and mills and factories.
The number of infections was 7,225 and that of deaths 100 in the 10th week, which respectively soared to 11,083 and 138 in the 11th week.
The infections in the ninth week were 4,980 and the deaths 39 while in the eighth week the infections were 3,792 and the deaths 35.
Until April 30, the country’s COVID-19 cases were 7,667 with 168 deaths.
Nasima in her Friday’s daily bulletin said that 11,301 samples were tested at the 49 labs across the country in the past 24-hour reporting period and 2,523 of them were found positive for COVID-19.
So far, 287,067 samples have been tested in the country, she said.
Among the 23 new deaths, 19 were male and four female.
Ten of them died in Dhaka division and nine in Chattogram division.
Six of the dead were aged 61–70 years, five 41–50 years and five others 51–60 years, two 31–40 years and two others 71–80 years, and one each was aged between 11 and 20 years, 21 and 30 years and 81 and 90 years.
On Friday, 5,140 suspected COVID-19 patients were in isolation.
Besides, 590 more patients were released from hospitals in the period after they showed no symptoms of COVID-19. So far, 9,015 COVID-19 patients have been released from hospitals.
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