The number of detected novel coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, according to the government, on Wednesday rose to 518,898 as 978 more cases were reported, after testing 15,544 samples, including rapid antigen tests, in the last 24 hours.

During that time 17 more COVID-19 patients died, raising the total deaths in the country to 7,687, said a press release of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) today.

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The rate of detection in the last 24 hours until 8:00am was 6.29 per cent

The health directorate today said a total of 1,021 people were recovered from the highly infectious disease in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total recovery to 463,480.

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