Bangladesh witnessed a sharp increase in the number of deaths and new cases on Monday.
With the deaths of 26 more people in the last 24 hours until 8:00 am, Bangladesh’s COVID-19 death count now stands at 8,571.
The country reported 18 deaths on Sunday and 12 on Saturday.
During this period, 1,773 cases from novel coronavirus were registered, taking the total cases to 5,59,168,
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter through a press release signed by Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of DGHS, this afternoon.
Health authorities also reported 1,432 more recoveries over the preceding 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,13,127 (91.77 per cent).
China reported first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province, on January 11 last year.
Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus case on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18 the same year.
UNB adds: The virus infection rate had come down to below 5% on January 19 last. It even had come down below 3 percent. However, the infection rate soared again on Tuesday last as it increased to 5.13%.
The infection rate was 5.98 per cent on Wednesday while 5.82 per cent on Thursday, 6.62% on Friday and 6.26% on Saturday.
Authorities have so far tested 4,283,246 samples, including 18,695 in the past 24 hours.