COVID-19 death toll in country surpasses 600...

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COVID-19 death toll in country surpasses 600

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:46 PM, 30 May 2020   Updated: 03:01 PM, 30 May 2020

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More than 600 people have died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country so far, since the first positive cases were detected in the country on March 8. 

The first coronavirus death was reported in the country on March 18, ten days after detection of the first COVID-19 cases. 

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 Saturday. 

28 more people have died from the lethal virus in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 610, ‍she said. 

About the new fatalities, Prof Nasima said that 25 of them are male and three female. Among them, four were aged between 31 and 40, four between 41 and 50, nine between 51 and 60, six between 61 and 70, three between 71 and 80 and two others between 81 and 90. According to the division-wise data, 18 deaths took place in Dhaka division, seven in Chattogram division, two in Rangpur and one in Sylhet division. 

Meanwhile, a total of 9,987 samples have been tested at 50 authorised coronavirus testing labs across the country including the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) over the last 24 hours. Of these, 1764 have been diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases to 44,608, she said. 

Besides, 360 new people have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 9,375, the health official said. 

The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, is now affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances. As of Saturday afternoon, a total of 6,045,653 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 367,116 while 2,671,440 patients have recovered, according to worldometers data.