Siyam Hoque

Published:
2020-06-26 15:03:34 BdST

40 more die of Covid-19 in Bangladesh as caseload tops 130,000


Bangladesh on Friday registered 40 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, the health directorate said, pushing the total death count to 1,661.

Authorities also logged 3,868 fresh cases in the last 24 hours to 8:00am today. The country has now tallied 130,474 cases of the deadly respiratory disease.

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 deaths, 31 are male and the rest are female, she said.

The fresh coronavirus infections were found after testing 18,498 samples in 66 authorised labs across the country.

Also, 1,638 more patients have recovered from the disease in the 24-hour period, taking the total number of recoveries to 53,133.

Bangladesh reported its 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 was put on lockdown for more than two months, but the pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down.

Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus has reached 492,085 as of Friday noon.

It has so far infected 9,724,146 people around the world, according to Worldometer - a website that provides real-time updates.

Of them, 3,971,299 are currently being treated with 57,391 remain in serious or critical condition.

So far, 5,260,762 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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