The number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Bangladesh surged to 1,68,645 on Tuesday as the country registered 3,027 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.
Besides, 55 more people died from Covid-19 during the period. Among the fatalities, 46 were male and the rest were female, the health directorate said.
With the latest, the death toll from the lethal disease now stands at 2,151.
Nasima Sultana, additional director general (admin) at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), disclosed the information while briefing the media live on the daily Covid-19 bulletin at 2:30pm.
The fresh coronavirus infections were found after testing a total of 13,173 samples in 74 labs, she said.
Besides, the recovery count also jumped to 78,102 after 1,953 patients were recovered during the period under review.
The densely populated nation of around 170 million first confirmed its coronavirus cases and deaths in March and since March 26 enforced a 66-day shutdown in parallel with its general holidays in a bid to slow the coronavirus spread.
As the number of cases continued to increase even during those days of shutdown, the target of slowing the spread, much less of flattening the curve, remained unachieved.
Now, amid a spike in coronavirus cases since May 31, when the government eased its lockdown, areas have been categorised as red, green and yellow zones based on the rate of virus infections and deaths.
Globally, 11,748,985 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 540,860 people died as of Tuesday noon, according to the worldometer.
Of them, 4,465,517 are currently being treated with 57,882 remain in serious or critical condition.
So far, 6,742,608 people have recovered.