Bangladesh reports 342 COVID cases, 1 death in last 24 hours

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Dhaka, Dec 24: Bangladesh has recorded 342 cases of COVID-19 in a daily count, taking the tally of infections to 1,582,710.

People, wearing protective suits, offer funeral prayers for a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain – RC2XYF95N1HM

The death toll climbed by one to 28,055 in the 24 hours to 8 am on Friday, according to the latest government data.

Dhaka recorded the most cases among the eight divisions, logging 291 infections.

Nationwide, another 292 people recovered from the illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,546,956.

As many as 16,913 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 2.02 percent. The latest figures put the recovery rate at 97.74 percent and the mortality rate at 1.77 percent.

Globally, over 278.17 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 5.38 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.