Bangladesh today (Wednesday) reported 19 more deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the highest over a 24-hour period, raising the fatalities to 269.
The cases of infection also soared to 17,822 after 1,162 people, in the steepest single-day jump, tested positive during the same period.
A total of 7,900 samples, the highest in a single day, were tested at 41 authorised laboratories across the country during the period, DGHS Additional Director General (admin) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.
She said the recovery count rose to 3,361 in the last 24 hours after 214 patients were discharged from hospitals. Among the total infections, 18.52 percent patients have recovered so far while 1.53 percent died, the heath official said.
Nasima said nearly 75 percent COVID-19 patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines.
She said among the 19 deaths today, five are in their 70s, five in their 60s, seven in their 50s, one in his 40s and one is below ten years old. Of the fatalities, 12 are male and seven female. Of the deaths, 13 are in Dhaka city, one in Narayanganj, one in Narail, two in Chattogram and one in Cumilla, the health official added.