Bangladesh on Wednesday saw the highest-ever jump in coronavirus cases in a single day as the health authorities confirmed the detection of record 1,162 new patients in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 17,822.
“The deadly virus claimed 19 more lives during the period which is the highest so far, taking the death toll in the country to 269,” said Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana at its daily online briefing.
In the last 24 hours, 41 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 7,900 samples, she added.
Of the 19 new deaths, 12 were male and seven were female, Nasima Sultana said adding that 13 people died in different hospitals across Dhaka while three died in Chattogram division.
“I say with great sorrow that a minor girl, aged below 10, was among the deceased. Apart from her, one person, aged in between 31 and 40, seven people of 51-60 group, five people of 61-70 group, and another five of 71-80 age group have died,” Dr Nasima added.
Another 214 patients recovered from the disease within last 24 hours and the number of total recoveries now stand at 3,361, she said.
Bangladesh previously recorded the highest number of 15 single-day death on April 17.
Dr Nasima mentioned that three new labs – at Ibn Sina Hospital and Prava Health in Dhaka and Sheikh Hasina Medical College in Jamalpur-- have started PCR testing.
She said another 150 people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours.
Earlier, Dr Nasima noted that she is performing as the Director General of DGHS for the time being due to recent isolation of its DG Dr Abul Kalam Azad with coronavirus symptoms.