Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 31 march: Bangladesh on Wednesday saw an alarming growth in the number of Covid-19 cases as 5,358 people were diagnosed with the disease in last 24 hours, which is the highest in a single day till date.
Besides, the country reported 52 more deaths, the highest daily figure since 26 August last year from the deadly virrus. Earlier on 26 August, the health department reported 54 deaths from the virus.
Fatalities from the coronavirus infection have surpassed the grave 9,000-mark in the country. The number of cases now stands at 611,295, according to a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The latest day’s infection rate was 19.90% of the total tests. The death rate stands at 1.48%.
Among the latest day’s victims, 38 were men and 14 were women. 51 of them died in different hospitals across the country, while one at home.
Thirty-four of them hailed from Dhaka, nine from Chattogram, three each from Rajshahi and Khulna, two each from Sylhet and one from Rangpur division.
Meanwhile, 26,931 samples were tested in 224 labs across the country in the past 24 hours. A total of 4,670,576 samples have been tested in the country so far.
Also, 2,219 patients were declared free of Covid-19 during the same period, raising the total number of recoveries to 542,399 with an 88.73% recovery rate.
The country’s maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.
Neighbouring India recorded 53,480 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours which took the nationwide tally to 12,149,335, the health ministry said. With this, the number of active cases also went up by 11,846 between Tuesday and Wednesday morning as the active case count reached 552,566. 354 fatalities were reported due to the infection which took the death toll to 162,468.
As of Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 infected people has risen to 128,905,910 worldwide and the fatalities now stand at 2,818,445, according to Worldometer.