Bangladesh reports nearly 1,000 COVID-19 cases in a day


Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on May 15, 2020. (Photo by SUZAUDDIN RUBEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on May 15, 2020. (Photo by SUZAUDDIN RUBEL/AFP via Getty Images)

BANGLADESH reported 16 fresh deaths and 930 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours in the country. With this, the total number of infected has reached 20,995, and the virus claimed 314 lives so far.

A total of 6,782 samples were tested since yesterday, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of DGHS said on Saturday (16).

Meanwhile, 235 Covid-19 patients recovered since yesterday. The total number of recovered patients now stands at 4,117, the DGHS official added.

A total of 349 people were put under isolation in the last 24 hours, she added.

Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed the first COVID-19 case and the first death on March 18. The country passed 70th day on Saturday since the first infections.

Among the deceased, 12 were from Dhaka, two from Chattogram and the other two from Rangpur division.

All of the 16 deceased were male, Dr Nasima said, adding that one of them was between 71-80 years old, three between 61-70, six within 51-60, five between 41-50 and the other one between 31-40 years old.

On Saturday, 3,046 suspected patients were in isolation across the country.

On Friday (15), new infections were reported in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. Authorities are taking utmost care as around a million people are living in these camps.