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Virus casts shadow on Eid as cases surge by daily record; deaths top 500

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Muslims gather in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque to take part in the Eid al-Fitr prayer amid concerns over the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Dhaka on May 25. REUTERS



The COVID-19 outbreak has put a further damper on muted Eid-ur-Fitr celebrations in Bangladesh after another 1,975 people tested positive for the infection, the most in a daily count, taking the caseload to 35,585.

The body count from the coronavirus jumped to 501 on the back of 21 new fatalities in the 24 hours to 8 am Monday, according to the health directorate.

Another 433 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the same period, raising the total to 7,334, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing on Monday.

A total of 9,451 samples were tested at 48 authorised labs across the country during that time, with Dhaka`s Labaid Hospital, the latest to join the fold, she added.

Globally, over 5.41 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 345,122 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. -- bdnews24.com

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