Publish: 23 May 2020, 02:36 pm
Bangladesh witnessed a further increase in coronavirus cases as 1,873 new patients tested positive in the 24-hour period till Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 32,078.
This is by far the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day.
During this period, 20 more people died as a consequence of the widespread of COVID-19 disease, resulting in 452 deaths.
Prof. Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director-General of the Directorate-General for Health Services (DGHS), made the statement at his daily online briefing.
In the last 24 hours, 47 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 10,834 samples, she added.
She also said that 588 coronavirus-infected people have made a complete recovery in the country in the last 24 hours.
Bangladesh reported a large number of new cases of coronavirus—1,694 and 24 deaths in 24 hours before Friday morning.
The highly contagious coronavirus continues to spread across the world as the officially confirmed cases rise to 5,210,065 on Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.
So far, 338,142 deaths have been attributed to the virus but more than two million people have so far recovered.
Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is a respiratory disease that seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. They are similar to those for much more common viruses, such as colds and flu.
The US has by far the largest number with 1,600,937 confirmed cases and 95,979 deaths.
Brazil, the worst-hit country in Latin America, has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world. It has so far reported 330,890 cases.
The UK, on the other hand, has the second-highest death toll in the world with 36,475 confirmed coronavirus deaths.
Among other European countries, Italy, France and Spain are the worst-hit.
The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
To cope with the worsening coronavirus situation, the government extended the general holidays further until May 30. The public transport services will also remain suspended until then.