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Bangladesh reports 67 virus deaths; Khulna emerges as new hotspot

| Updated: June 20, 2021 08:55:14


A medical student receiving a dose of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine on Saturday in Dhaka -bdnews24.com photo A medical student receiving a dose of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine on Saturday in Dhaka -bdnews24.com photo

Bangladesh has registered 67 new fatalities from the COVID-19 illness, the most in a day since May 2, with 24 of them reported in Khulna, a new coronavirus hotspot.

This brings the death toll to 13,466, according to the latest government data released on Saturday, reports bdnews24.com.

The tally of infections surged to 848,027 after 3,057 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the same period.

Another 1,725 people recovered from the illness through treatment at home and hospital care during that time, bringing the total to 780,146.

Dhaka reported 1,411 new cases in the last 24 hours, the most among the eight divisions in the tally, followed by Khulna with 625 and Chattogram with 401.

As many as 16,964 samples were tested across the country, yielding a positivity rate of 18.02 per cent.

The latest official figures put the recovery rate at 92 per cent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.59 per cent.

Globally, over 177.83 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 3.85 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

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