Bangladesh sees alarming spike in corona cases with 1,602 new patients, 21 deaths


Dhaka, May 18: Bangladesh’s coronavirus cases soared to 23,870 with the detection of 1,602 new patients in the last 24 hours till Monday morning.The country also recorded the deaths of 21 more patients from the virus infection during the period, raising the total death toll to 349, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services, announced this at a regular briefing.

In the last 24 hours, 42 labs across the country tested 9,788 samples, Dr Nasima said adding, “The highest number of patients have been infected and died in the last 24 hours.”

“Twelve of the deceased breathed their last in Dhaka division, seven in Chattogram division, one in Sylhet division and one in Rajshahi division,” she added.

While sharing the district-wise death toll, Dr Nasima said six died in Dhaka City, two in Dhaka district, one each in Gopalganj, Munshiganj, Tangail, Manikganj and Noakhali, two each in Chattogram, Cumilla and Chattogram City Corporations area and Feni, one in Sylhet and another in Bagura district.

She added that 212 people have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. “With this, 4,575 people have recovered in the country so far.”

Against the total number of detected cases, statistics show, the recovery rate is 19.21 percent and mortality rate 1.46 percent in Bangladesh, Dr Nasima said.

Among the deceased, one was between 11 and 20 years of age, two between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, eight between 51 and 60 and five between 61 and 70, Dr Nasima said about the age-based statistics of the deceased.

She said 231 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours across the country.

The global death toll from coronavirus pandemic reached 316,671 as of Monday morning.

Since first reported in China in December last year, coronavirus has so far infected 4,801,875 people.

The virus is currently affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.