Planet Desk | 25 May 2020 | 4:40 pm
Bangladesh has seen its largest single day cases of novel coronavirus with 1975 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours ending May 25 afternoon, bringing the total cases to 35,585 in the country. Over the period, the country has seen 21 more deaths, taking the total toll to 501. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said at the regular online health bulletin on the day.
Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 8 and the first death 18th of the month. Since then the both number of fatalities and infection are on the rise steadily despite relaxed lockdowns being underway across the country.
DGHS said at the bulletin that 9,451 samples were examined at about 40 labs across the country over the period to determine new cases. Of those, 1,975 samples came positive for the virus, the highest so far now since the country started recording the corona numbers.
During the briefing, it has also been said that 433 more patients have recovered from the disease over the period, taking the number of the recovered in total to 7,334.
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To contain the spread of the virus, officially known as Covid-19, the country has been under lockdown from March 26. Given the worsening situation, the government on May 13 extended the lockdown to the 30th of the month. This is the 7th extension to the shutdowns.
The government has already declared the entire nation as virus prone as the virus has spread to all 64 districts in the country. Almost all the districts are under lockdowns with the capital city Dhaka being worst affected both in terms of cases and deaths. Of the new fatalities, 13 are recorded in Dhaka division alone. The Chittagong division has seen 9 deaths over the period.
Internationally covid-19 coronavirus has infected more than 5.4 million people including over 345,000 deaths. Of all the affected countries or territories, the USA is the worst hit with at least 1,643,246 cases and at least 97,720 deaths.