Covid-19 in Bangladesh: New deaths 18, cases 1159

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Dhaka, Mar 14: Eighteen more people died from coronavirus in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,545.

During the period, 1,159 more people were diagnosed with the virus, raising the total infection to 5,57,395, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a press release on Sunday.

Of the total patients, 5,11,695 recovered, with 1,385 made recovery in the last 24 hours.

The daily count came from test of 16,206 samples in the past day.

Bangladesh first reported its COVID-19 cases on March 8. Since then the country has been struggling to limit spread of the highly contagious virus.

Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, and then spread to newer countries and territories.

Till date, the epidemic infected 120,123,556 people and killed 2,661,035 across the globe, according to Worldometer, a website which compiles number of new coronavirus cases and deaths from it.

However, total number of people who recovered from the coronavirus pandemic reached 96,646,107 across the world.