Planet Desk | 27 May 2020 | 4:42 pm
The novel coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, has killed 22 more lives in Bangladesh within 24 hours ending May 27 afternoon, raising the death toll to 544. Besides, the country has recorded 1,541 new cases of infections, taking national total to 38,292. The deaths and infections are recorded amidst the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays and relaxed lockdowns.
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh said at the regular bulletin online on the coronavirus situation in the country on May 27, just two days into the Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious celebrations in the Muslim world.
The country confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 8 and the first death 18th of the month. Since then the both fatalities and cases have been climbing non-stop despite the whole country being under relaxed lockdowns from March 26.
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DGHS said at the bulletin that 8,015 samples were examined at about 40 labs across the country over the period. Of those, 1,541 samples came positive for the virus, up from the earlier period at 1,166 cases.
The bulletin also said that 386 more patients have recovered from the disease over the period, taking the number of the recovered in total to 7,925.
As part of attempts to curb the spread of the virus, 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. Despite the shutdowns and halts of all kinds of transportation, both fatalities and infections of the virus have been going on non-stop.
Internationally the covid-19 coronavirus has infected more than 5.5 million people including over 350,000 deaths. Of all the affected countries or territories, the USA is the worst hit with at least 1,680,913 cases and 98,913 deaths.