Bangladesh has seen its highest single-day deaths from Covid-19 as pandemic steadies its foothold in the country with each passing day.
Forty-two people died from the virus in the last 24 hours till 8am on Sunday. This is the highest single-day deaths since the country confirmed its first death from the new coronavirus on March 18.
With this, the number of deaths in the Covid-19 pandemic has risen to 888.
In the last 24 hours, 2,743 people have tested positive for the virus, taking the number of Covid-19 cases to 65,769.
Professor Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), revealed the information at a regular virtual briefing on Sunday.
She said of the deaths, 35 were male and seven female.
Among the dead, 28 were from Dhaka, six from Chittagong, one from Mymensingh and two each from Rajshahi, Khulna and Sylhet. Of them, 35 died at hospital and seven at home.
In the last 24 hours, 578 people have recovered. With this, 13,903 people have so far recovered since the first Covid-19 cases were found in the country on March 8.
The new cases were found after testing 13,136 samples in 52 labs all over the country. So far, total 397,987 samples have been tested.
Since the beginning of June, the number of single-day cases has not dropped below 2,000 in Bangladesh. For the last five days, the single-day deaths from coronavirus were around 30 or above.
Registration for coronavirus tests can be done online
From now on, samples would be collected through online registration for coronavirus tests, said Professor Nasima Sultana.
She said people would need to visit coronatest.brac.net and register for coronavirus tests.
Professor Nasima said, "Completely free services are provided from the coronavirus sample collection booths run by the health directorate and Brac. People are requested not to make any financial transactions at these booths."