Dhaka – Bangladesh’s Covid-19 cases have crossed 50,000 with more than 700 deaths since the first cases were detected in early March, officials said on Tuesday.
Health official Nasima Sultana said 2,911 persons were tested positive out of a total 12,704 samples in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of Covid-19 patients to 52,445.
Thirty-seven patients died during the period, she told an online news briefing in Dhaka.
She added 523 patients have recovered taking the total number of recoveries to 11,120. Most of the patients are being treated at their homes.
Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries worldwide with more than 160 million population, on Sunday relaxed its nationwide lockdown imposed more than nine weeks ago to stem the spread of the virus.
The South Asian country reported the first three cases of novel coronavirus on March 8. The first death from the virus was reported on March 18.
The lifting of lockdown has made physical distancing a bit difficult for those traveling by public transport, exposing them to contact the virus easily.