Bangladesh reports 1,285 fresh cases, 45 deaths from COVID-19

Publish: 5:45 PM, May 8, 2021 | Update: 5:45:PM, May 8, 2021

DHAKA, – Bangladesh today reported 1,285 COVID-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 45 lives.

“The tally of infections has surged to 7,72,127 as 1,285 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours . . . 45 people died of COVID-19 during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.

A total of 45 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 11,878. It said 8.74 percent of the 14,703 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.

The samples were tested at 443 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.

The recovery count rose to 7,06,833 after another 2,492 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day. The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 91.54 percent recovered, while 1.54 percent died.