News Desk: The uptick in Covid-19 cases comes after health authorities recently arranged to test samples of suspected patients around the country
Bangladesh has reported one more death from the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to nine.
Besides, 18 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, over the same period, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 88 around the country.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque disclosed the latest development while addressing an online press briefing from Dhaka on Sunday.
The uptick in Covid-19 cases has come after the health authorities recently arranged to test samples of suspected patients around the country.
Sunday’s data of new cases was also the highest in a single day since the first three cases were confirmed on March 8.
During the briefing, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said the ninth deceased was a man from Narayanganj.
Of the all new patients, she said, 15 were men and 12 were from Dhaka.
She added that community transmission of the deadly virus has occurred on cluster basis.
Meanwhile, the IEDCR director said, three more Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people who made full recovery to 33.
Health Minister Zahid also acknowledged that the return of readymade garment factory workers to capital Dhaka amid the coronavirus crisis was indeed a terrible development.
“This is in no way good in the current situation. We will make sure that this does not happen again… BGMEA, BKMEA is not under the health services directorate, so we cannot control their actions,” he added.
A pandemic announced by the World Health Organization, the fast spreading novel coronavirus has so far claimed more than 64,900 lives and infected over 1,205,800 people in 206 countries and territories around the world, according to worldometer.
However, more than 247,900 Covid-19 patients have also recovered globally.
The outbreak had originated from a wet market in China’s Wuhan city in late December last year.