78 Covid deaths in 24 hours
The coronavirus has claimed 78 lives, the highest in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year, said Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in its routine daily statement on Sunday.
It said 19.81 percent of the 29,376 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.
The samples were tested at 248 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.
The recovery count rose to 5,76,590 after another 4,212 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 84.20 percent recovered, while 1.42 percent died.
It said 47 out of the 78 died in Dhaka division alone and 53 of them were male while 25 were women and added one is 10 years, six in their 30s, seven in their 40s, 16 in their 50s while 48 are above 60 years.
Bangladesh recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatality on June 30 last year when the virus killed 64 people in a day.