2 more deaths, 665 new cases recorded in a day
Published: 02:35 PM, 3 May 2020 Updated: 09:29 PM, 3 May 2020
Two more people have died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 177 in the country. Besides, 665 others have been diagnosed with the lethal virus in the country during the time, the highest in a single day. With this, the total number of positive cases climbed to 9,455.
DGHS Additional Director General (administration) Prof Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure joining the daily health bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) through online on Sunday.
A total of 665 fresh cases were detected after testing 5,368 samples in several coronavirus testing laboratories including Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) across the country over the last 24 hours, she said, adding that as many as 81,434 samples have so far tested.
This is the biggest single-day spike in new cases since the first COVID-19 cases were detected in the country on March 8.
Among the two fatalities, one in Narayanganj and one in Rangpur.
As of May 3, of the total fatalities, 95 deaths were recorded in Dhaka city and 40 in Narayanganj district. Of the total 177 deaths, 135 took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other seven divisions, the health official added.
COVID-19 cases were found in 63 out of 64 districts, meaning that almost all regions of the country are now risky for the fatal disease, Nasima said, adding that no coronavirus positive case has been reported yet in Rangamati district.
The health official dubbed Dhaka and Narayanganj COVID-19 as “hotspots” as the maximum number of cases were detected in the two cities.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,063 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus in the country so far in the country, the health official said.
Among the recovered patients, 624 are in Dhaka city and 439 outside the capital city, the health official said.
She said that 896 patients were cured in Dhaka division, while 72 in Chattogram division, 31 in Mymensingh division, six in Khulna division, 29 in Barishal division, 25 in Rangpur division, two in Sylhet division and two in Rajshahi division.
The first coronavirus death was reported in the country on March 18, ten days after detection of the first COVID-19 cases.
The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, is now affecting 212 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances. As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 3,497,006 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 244,874 while 1,126,227 patients have recovered, according to worldometers data.