People gather to shop for clothes at a market ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dhaka. (Photo by REHMAN ASAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh registered 20 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,873 more cases across the country in the last 24 hours. With this, the death toll reached 452 and the number of infections rose to 32,078, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of Directorate General of Health Services.

Among the 20 new deaths, 15 died at hospitals, four at homes and one was brought dead. Sixteen of the deceased were males and four were females.

‘We’ve tested 10,834 samples in the past 24 hours and 1,873 of them tested positive for COVID-19,’ she said, adding, so far 2, 34, 675 people were tested in the country.

Bangladesh registered the first COVID-19 patient on March 8 and the first death from the viral infection on March 18.

The number of infections is soaring every day, especially from the beginning of the 10th week of infections, when the government eased the lockdown on May 10.

In the 11th week, ended Saturday, the number of infections hit 11,137, including the record infections of 1,873 patients in the last 24 hours.

Until April 30, the country’s COVID-19 cases were 7,667 with 168 deaths.

On Saturday (23), 4,305 suspected patients were in isolation.

In the last 24 hours, 296 more people were released from hospital as they showed no symptoms of illness. So far, 6,486 people were released from hospitals, officials said.