Prothom Alo illustration
Prothom Alo illustration

The number of detected novel coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, according to the government, on Saturday rose to 521,382 as 692 more cases were reported, after testing 12,908 samples, including rapid antigen tests, in the last 24 hours.

During that time 22 more COVID-19 patients died, raising the total deaths in the country to 7,756, said a press release of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) today.

The rate of detection in the last 24 hours until 8:00am was 5.36 per cent, while the overall rate of detection of infected cases in Bangladesh as of Saturday stands at 15.59 per cent.

The health directorate today said a total of 785 people were recovered from the highly infectious disease in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total recovery to 466,064.

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The overall rate of people recovered as of today stands at 89.39 per cent while the rate of death is 1.49 per cent, it added.

Of the people died in the last 24 hours, 15 were male and seven female. Of the total deaths so far, 5,895 were male (76.01 per cent) and 1,861 female (23.99 per cent).

Among of the 22 patients died in the last 24 hours, 21 breathed their last at different hospitals while on at home.

A total of 12,523 samples were collected in the last 24 hours. As of Saturday, the number of samples tested in Bangladesh stands at 33,44,399.

Bangladesh detected first coronavirus patient on 8 March and recorded first death on 18 March.