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Record deaths, infections in 24 hours

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:39 PM, 31 May 2020   Updated: 03:03 PM, 31 May 2020

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40 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the last 24, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 650 in the country. Besides, the tally of infections has also surged to 47,153 as 2545 new COVID-19 cases were detected during the time. 

This is the biggest daily jump in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths since the first COVID-19 cases were detected in the country on March 8. 

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 11,876 samples have been tested at 52 authorised coronavirus testing labs across the country including the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) over the last 24 hours. Of these, 2545 have been diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases to 47,153, she said. 

About the new fatalities, Prof Nasima said that 33 of them are male and seven female. Among them, one was aged between 21 and 30, five between 31 and 40, 11 between 41 and 50, eight between 51 and 60, 11 between 61 and 70 and four others between 71 and 80. According to the division-wise data, 28 deaths took place in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, two in Khulna, one each in Rangpur and Rajshahi division.  

Besides, 406 new people have recovered from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 9,781, the health official said.

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 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances. As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 6,172,448 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 371,186 while 2,744,044 patients have recovered, according to worldometers data.