COVID-19: Bangladesh reports record 40 deaths, highest cases


Dhaka, May 31: Bangladesh saw its biggest daily jump in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths on Sunday as record 40 patients died and 2, 545 got infected in the span of 24 hours.“The death toll stood at 650 as Bangladesh has recorded 40 deaths in the last 24 hours and it is the highest ever deaths  in the country,” said Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana at its daily health bulletin.

In the meantime, the health authorities confirmed detection of record 2,545 new cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in the country to 47,153.

In the last 24 hours, 52 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 11,876 samples, she added.

Bangladesh broke the previous record of highest death count in a day within 24 hours as on Saturday the country saw the death of 28 patients. Previous highest number of detection in a day was 2,523 which was recorded on Friday.

The detection rate of new cases on Sunday has been recorded at 21.43 percent.

Across the country 406 more patients made recovery, she said adding that so far 9,781 people have recovered from the disease.

Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate is 20.74 percent and the mortality rate is 1.38 percent in country.

Among the deceased, 33 were male and seven were female. “Of them, 28 died in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, two in Khulna division. one in Rajshahi division and another died in Rangpur division,” said Dr Nasima.

According to age based statistics of the newly deceased; one was aged between 21 and 30 years, five were aged between 31 and 40 years, 11 between 41 and 50, eight between 51 and 60, 11 between 61 and 70 and four more between 71 and 80 years.

Across the country, 281 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours while 126 were released. Currently 5,794 people are in isolation.

During the same period, another 2,947 people were home and institutionally quarantined and 3,042 were released. At present 60,181 people are quarantined across the country.

Even though the government extended general holidays until May 30, it has decided not to extend it further.

Meanwhile, the public transport services were also resumed on Sunday as well as the government and private offices opened their doors for staff.