Dhaka, Apr 17: Bangladesh on Friday recorded 15 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest single-day spike, taking the total to 75. The number of the virus (COVID-19) cases reached 1,838 after 266 people were newly infected with the epidemic in the past 24 hours, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik.
In the last 24 hours, samples of 2,190 people were examined. Of them, 266 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 15 more coronavirus patients died, he said this in coronavirus bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). During the period, nine more COVID-19 patients recovered, bringing the total recovery to 58, the minister also said.
Minister Zahid also called upon all to stay home and follow coronavirus advices of the health department. Additional director general of DGHS prof Nasima Sultana, and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) director Meerjady Sabrina Flora also joined the online briefing. Bangladesh first reported its coronavirus cases on March 8. Since then the country has been witnessing increase in infections and deaths.(UNI)