Bangladesh reports 636 COVID-19 cases, record 313 recoveries in a single day


Dhaka, May 09: Bangladesh on Saturday reported eight more deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) overnight, taking the total number of fatalities from the pandemic to 214.However, the recovery count rose to 2,414 in the same period after a record 313 patients were discharged in a single day from hospitals, a top health official said.

“As many as 636 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, increasing the tally of infections to 13,770,” DGHS Additional Director General (administration) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.

Nasima said a total of 5,465 samples were tested at 35 authorised laboratories across the country during the period.

Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, the country confirmed 709 cases and seven deaths.

Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, has infected 4,012,837 people and killed 276,216 worldwide as of Saturday morning, according to Worldometer.

The virus is affecting 212 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.