Bangladesh has reported its single-day highest 96 deaths from Covid-19 in last 24 hours, bringing the country's total deaths in the pandemic to 9,987.
The grim record on the first day of strict 7-day nationwide lockdown depicts how the deadly outbreak is evolving here.
Meanwhile, the daily infection count on Wednesday remained lower than that of yesterday, with 5,185 fresh cases recorded in the last 24 hours till Wednesday 8am, said a press release of DGHS. Bangladesh reported 6,028 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and 7,201 a day before yesterday.
The Covid-19 caseload now stands at 7,03,170 with an infection rate of 20.89%.
Among the latest day's victims, 59 were men and 37 were women. Of the victims, 94 died in different hospitals across the country while two at home.
Moreover, 68 of them hailed from Dhaka, 12 from Chattogram, five each from Khulna and Barishal and three each from Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions.
Meanwhile, 5,333 patients were declared free of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, with an 84.09% recovery rate.
Besides, 28,285 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in 255 labs across the country.
The Covid-19 victims' gender breakdown shows that 7,435 of the total deceased were men and 2,552 were women.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March that year.
Meanwhile, India recorded 184,372 fresh cases of the coronavirus disease on Wednesday, which takes the country's total infection tally past 13.87million, according to the latest figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The daily toll from the viral disease has gone up to 1027. This is the first time in over five months that the fatalities have crossed the 1000-mark.
As of Wednesday, some 2,974,677 people have died of Covid-19 worldwide and the caseload reached 138,113,914 so far, according to Worldometer.