Number of samples, tests fall drastically as Bangladesh reports 2520 more cases

Additional DG Nasima Sultana presents a bulletin on coronavirus situation in Bangladesh
Additional DG Nasima Sultana presents a bulletin on coronavirus situation in BangladeshFile Photo

The number of detected coronavirus cases in Bangladesh on Saturday rose to 221,178 as 2,520 more people were found to be positive, after testing 10,446 samples in the previous 24 hours.

During that time 38 more patients died, raising the total deaths in the country to 2,874, said additional directorate general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Nasima Sultana.

She said this in the regular health bulletin on coronavirus situation in the country on Saturday.

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The number samples tested in the previous 24 hours as of Friday morning was 12,027.

The rate of detection in the last 24 hours until Saturday was 24.12 per cent while the overall rate of detection of infected cases in Bangladesh as of Saturday is 20.08 per cent, Nasima Sultana said.

The DGHS additional directorate general further said 1,114 people recovered from the highly infectious disease in that time, taking the total to 122,090.

The overall rate of people recovered as of Saturday stands at 55.20 per cent while the rate of death is 1.30 per cent, she added.

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Of the people died in the last 24 hours, 29 were males and nine females. Of the total deaths as of Saturday, 2,266 were males (78.84 per cent) and 608 females (21.16 per cent), said Nasima Sultana.

Asking people with coronavirus infection symptoms to go to specific booths to give samples, DGHS additional director general professor Nasima said a total of 9,615 samples were collected in the last 24 hours. As of Saturday, the number of samples tested in Bangladesh stands at 11,01,480.

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The number of samples collected in 24 hours also has seen a huge fall like that of number of samples tests. A total 12,361 samples were collected in the previous 24 hours as of Friday.

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