Govt reports 1,604 new virus cases, 19 deaths

Bangladesh has recorded 1,604 new cases of the novel coronavirus in a daily count, taking the tally so far to 406,364.
The death toll climbed to 5,905 after 19 fatalities were registered in the 24 hours to 8 am Friday, according to government data.

Another 1,422 patients recovered from COVID-19 in the same period, bringing the total to 322,703.

As many as 14,141 samples were tested at 112 authorised labs in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 11.34 percent, according to data released by the health directorate.

The latest official figures put the recovery rate at 79.41 percent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.45 percent.

Globally, over 45.06 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 1,18 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.