Bangladesh coronavirus cases near 300,000; deaths close to 4,000

Bangladesh’s confirmed coronavirus cases inched closer to 300,000 as the number of fatalities neared 4,000 on Monday.

The health authorities said 42 patients died in 24 hours until morning. Official data put the coronavirus death toll 3,983, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a statement.

According to DGHS, 2,485 new cases were detected after testing 13,382 samples. So far, the country has confirmed 297,083 cases.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. Labs across the country tested 14,56,038 samples since March 8 and found 20.4 percent of them positive.

Meanwhile, DGHS said 3,784 patients have newly recovered.

So far, more than half of the patients (182,875) have won against the virus. The recovery rate is 61.56 percent.