DHAKA, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh recorded 24 new COVID-19 fatalities Friday, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic began in the country on March 8.
The rise in deaths came a day after the country reported 22 COVID-19 fatalities.
Professor Nasima Sultana, a senior health ministry official, told an online media briefing in Dhaka that "24 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country since March 18 to 432."
According to the official, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 30,205, with the daily rise of 1,694 new cases reported in the last 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday.
According to the official, 9,727 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in labs across Bangladesh.
During the last 24 hours, 588 more patients were released from hospitals and clinics, bringing the number of recovered patients in the country so far to 6,190, said the official. Enditem