Thirty-seven more people died of COVID-19 and a record 2,911 new cases were identified with the infection in the country in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am Tuesday.
With these figures, the COVID-19 death toll rose to 709 and infections hit 52,445, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, in the daily online bulletin on the COVID-19 situation.
‘In the past 24 hours, 12,704 people were tested and 2,911 of them were found positive for COVID-19,’ she said.
It was a record for the country to identify 2,911 COVID-19 patients in a day.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed its first COVID-19 infections and on March 18 its first death.
The country is in the 13th week of infections.
In recent weeks, the number of infections and deaths increased manifold.
Coronavirus infections and deaths are feared to climb on after the government on Sunday lifted restrictions on the public movement, reopened public transports, businesses and offices after reopening the markets, mills and factories, and malls on May 10.
In the 12th week, 12,530 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 and 158 people died of the viral disease.
The number of infections was 11,083 and that of deaths 138 in the 11th week.
The 10th week saw 7,225 infections and 100 deaths reported while the infections recorded in the ninth week were 4,980 and deaths 39. The eighth week registered 3,792 infections and 35 deaths.
Until April 30, the country reported 7,667 COVID-19 cases and 168 deaths.
Nasima said that 6,240 suspected patients were in isolation on Tuesday.
Among the 37 new deceased, 28 died at hospitals and nine at home.
The number of home deaths was also increasing in recent days. At least 37 people died either at home or they were brought dead to hospitals since mid-May.
Thirty-three of the 37 dead were male and four others female. Fifteen of them died in Chattogram division and 10 in Dhaka division.
Besides, 523 people were released from hospitals in the 24-hour period as they showed no symptoms of infection, according to the DGHS.
So far, 11,120 people have been declared cured.
Nasima urged people to use masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
She said that home-made masks, too, were effective against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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