Siyam Hoque

2020-06-05 14:52:09 BdST

30 more die of COVID-19 in Bangladesh as cases top 60,000

Bangladesh on Friday registered 30 more fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, the health directorate said, bringing the total count to 811.

Authorities also reported 2,828 new infections in the last 24 hours to 8:00am today. The country has now tallied 60,391cases from the virus.

Nasima Sultana, additional director general (admin) at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), presented the latest figures while briefing the media live on the daily COVID-19 bulletin at 2:30pm.

Among the new fatalities, 23 are male and seven female, she said.

The fresh coronavirus infections were found after testing 14,088 samples in 50 labs across the country.

Also, 641 more patients have recovered from the disease in the 24-hour period, taking the total number of recoveries to 12,804.

Bangladesh reported the first cases of coronavirus on March 08 and the first death 10 days later on March 18.

In an effort to contain the virus, the whole country has been put on shutdown since March 26, but the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus has reached 393,408 as of Friday noon.

It has so far infected 6,714,335 people around the world, according to Worldometer - a website that provides real-time updates.

Of them, 3,059,651 are currently being treated with 55,457 remain in serious or critical condition.

So far, 3,261,276 people have recovered. 

The novel coronavirus disease was first reported in China in December last year.

As the COVID-19 began sweeping across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic on March 11 this year.

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