Siyam Hoque

2020-05-21 17:21:36 BdST

BD reports highest-ever spike in COVID-19 deaths, cases in 24 hours: DGHS


Bangladesh breached the 400 mark of coronavirus deaths, with the highest case and death from COVID-19 in a single day, on Thursday.

Twenty-two more people died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country in the last 24 hours, according to the statistics of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With this, the death toll due to the fast-spreading contagious disease reached at 408, Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Nasima Sultana said.

Besides, 1773 more people tested positive for the virus during the same period, raising the number of such cases in the country to 28,511, she added.

Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the fresh figures at its daily online news briefing at the Management Information System (MIS) in the afternoon.

During the same period, a total of 395 patients made their recovery in the country. With this, a total of 5602 people have so far made recovery.

Some 10,262 people were tested for the deadly virus in 47 labs across the country until 8:00 am today, which is also the highest since the first case was confirmed in the country on March 08.

Among the deceased, 19 were men and three women. Of them, ten were from Dhaka division, eight from Chattogram, three from Sylhet, one from Mymensingh division.

Of the victims, 16 died in hospitals, five in their respective houses and the rest was tested after death.

Earlier on Wednesday, 16 more people died and 1617 people tested positive for the highly infectious disease.

Coronavirus cases surpassed 5.0 million across the world on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases.

The virus first reported in China and so far it infected 5,104,902 people globally and killed 329,997 of them, according to, a website that provides real-time updates.

Of the infected, 2,740,115 are currently being treated while 45,753 of them are in serious or critical condition, the website data shows.

As the virus began sweeping across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11

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