Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh records 23 new deaths, 1209 more cases

Bangladesh records 23 new deaths, 1209 more cases

News Desk Bangladesh has registered 23 new fatalities from the novel coronavirus in a daily count, taking the tally so far to 5,646. The caseload climbed to 387,295 after 1,209 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 am Saturday, he Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a statement. Of the 23 deceased -- 18 men and five women -- 14 were from Dhaka division, four from Chittagong, two each from Barisal and Rangpur, and one from Khulna division. All the victims died at different hospitals in the country. So far, 4,345 men (76.96%) and 1,301 women (23.04%) have died from Covid-19 across the country. The number of new recoveries outpaced active cases in the same period with another 1,509 patients overcoming the disease through treatment at home and in hospital care. It brings the total to 302,298. A total of 11,573 samples were tested at 110 authorised labs across the country in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 10.45 percent, according to data released by the health directorate. The official figures put the recovery rate at 78.05 percent while the mortality rate stands at 1.46 percent. On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2. The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months. Globally, over 39.36 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 1.1 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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