A man wais in a queue before going through a disinfecting tunnel set up by vonlunteers in a street as preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Dhaka on April 15, 2020. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh health minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday (15) said that four COVID-19 patients died and 219 new cases were reported in the country in 24 hours.

This is the highest number of people detected with the infection in a day so far in the country.

The death toll now stands at 50 with 1,231 positive cases, the minister said.

A total number of 1,740 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across the country, he said.

Meanwhile seven more patients have recovered from the decease taking the total recovery number to 49.

Among the four deceased, three are male and one female, said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of Directorate General of Health Services.

Two of them were aged above 70, one was the 50-year old doctor of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and another was a cancer patient aged between 31-40, she also said.