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Bangladesh coronavirus death toll crosses 500-mark

| Updated: May 27, 2020 21:35:09

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Bangladesh breached the 500 mark of coronavirus deaths in 24 hours on Monday, coinciding with Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of the Muslims.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr staying home and enjoy time with their family members.

"Your safety lies in your hand. Remember, if you remain safe then your family, neighbours and country will remain safe," she said urging all to maintain the health advice during this pandemic.

However, twenty-one more people died from the virus in the country in the last 24 hours, according to the statistics of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With this, the death toll due to the deadly virus infection reached at 501, Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Nasima Sultana said.

Besides, 1975 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in 48 labs across the country during the same period, raising the number of such cases in the country to 35,585, she added.

Prof Dr Nasima came up with the disclosure in the daily online news bulletin at the Management Information System (MIS) in the afternoon.

Among the victims, 16 were men and 5 were women. Of them, eleven were from Dhaka division, nine from Chattogram, one from Rangpur division.

Some 9,451 samples were tested in 48 labs across the country until 8:00 am today for the deadly virus.

During the same period, a total of 433 patients made their recovery in the country. With this, a total of 7334 people have so far made recovery.

Earlier on Sunday, 28 patients died and 1,532 people tested positive for the highly infectious disease.

Bangladesh reported the first cases of coronavirus on March 08 and the first death 10 days later on March 18.

Coronavirus first reported in China and so far it infected 5,516,467 people globally and killed 346,917 of them, according to worldometer.info, a website that provides real-time updates.

Of the infected, 2,859,432 are currently being treated while 53,208 of them are in serious or critical condition, the website data shows.

As the virus began sweeping across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.

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