Bangladesh's virus caseload crosses 250,000; another 27 die

The tally of coronavirus infections in Bangladesh has surpassed 250,000, hitting another unwanted milestone in the pandemic that has upended millions of lives in the country

Aug 07, 2020
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The tally of coronavirus infections in Bangladesh has surpassed 250,000, hitting another unwanted milestone in the pandemic that has upended millions of lives in the country.

The government said 2,851 new infections were reported in the 24 hours to 8 am Friday, taking the caseload to 252,502.

The death toll surged to 3,333 after 27 fatalities were registered in the same period.

Another 1,760 patients recovered from COVID-19 through treatment at home and in hospital care, raising the total to 135,584, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing. The official figure puts the recovery rate at 57.66 percent.

A total of 12,699 samples were tested at 84 authorised labs across the country with a positivity rate of 22.45 percent in the last 24 hours, according to government data.

Bangladesh reported its first cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, on Mar 8.

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