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Bangladesh’s coronavirus death toll hits 20 as new cases surge

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-04-08 14:54:34 BdST

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bangladesh rose by 54 in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of positive tests to 218.

The death toll climbed to 20 after three more patients died from the infection, according to IEDCR Director Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

It marks the biggest jump in positive tests in a single day since Bangladesh reported its first cases on Mar 8.

As many as 33 infected people have returned home after recovery, according to the IEDCR. But there were no recovered patients in the last 24 hours.

A total of 981 samples have been tested for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, said Flora. Of the 54 cases reported on Wednesday, 39 were detected in Dhaka.

The number of confirmed cases have soared this week on the back of increased testing, setting a new daily record for a sixth day