Coronavirus: Bangladesh records Infections cross 200,000, death toll hits 2,581

The caseload from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bangladesh crossed two lakh mark overnight, while it (country) reported 1, 10,098 total recoveries from the lethal disease during the period.

“The tally of COVID-19 infections has surged to 2,02,066 as 2,709 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at DGHS in the city this afternoon.

Bangladesh also reported 1239.32 COVID-19 patients per million people, the second highest among the South Asian nations, only after Maldives.

The number of COVID-19 patients per million people has reached 5,385 in Maldives, 1,185 in Pakistan, 906 in Afghanistan, 754 in India, 598 in Nepal, 126 in Sri Lanka and 113 in Bhutan.

The daily infection rate remained high in Bangladesh as it reported 24.8 per cent infection rate in the past 24 hours after testing 10,923 people.

Directorate General of Health Service additional director Nasima Sultana in the daily bulletin said that 34 people — 29 men and 5 women — died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours taking the death toll to 2,581.

She said that the death rate from COVID-19 in Bangladesh reached 15.83 per million people, the fifth largest casualty in South Asia.

Bhutan has reported no death from COVID-19. The death rate per million people has been reported 29 in Afghanistan, 28 in Maldives, 25 in Pakistan, 19 in India, 1 in Nepal and 0.5 in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh first detected coronavirus on 8 March and a patient first died on 18 March.