Bangladesh has confirmed 22 more people have died of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 544 in the country.

Besides, another 1,541 people tested positive for Covid-19 over the same period, pushing up the total number of confirmed cases to 38,292.

Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.

She said of the deceased — 20 men and two women — 10 were from Dhaka division, 10 from Chittagong division, and two from Sylhet division.

Among the deceased, 21 died in hospitals and one at home, she said.

The death toll accounts for 1.42% of the total infected.

Bangladesh recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths (28) in a single day on May 24 and reached the grim milestone of 500 deaths from the deadly disease on May 25.

The country crossed the 100-mark in deaths on April 20.

Prof Nasima, also the DGHS acting director general (DG), said as many as 7,843 samples were collected in the past 24 hours, while 8,015 (including the pending samples) were tested in 48 labs across the country.

In all, 266,456 tests have been conducted so far, she said.

On May 25, Bangladesh recorded 1,975 Covid-19 cases — highest in a 24-hour span, since the first cases reported back in March.

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