| 25 May 2020, 00:00 | Update : 25 May 2020, 16:56
Dr. Nasima Sultana
Bangladesh saw another surge in coronavirus cases on Monday when the health authorities reported 1,975 cases, detected within the last 24 hours.
The number of confirmed cases now stands at 35,585.
“During the period, 21 more people died from coronavirus, taking the local death tally to 501 , Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, the Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said at a regular online briefing.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus rose to 345,059 on Monday morning, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University.
The number of confirmed cases has topped 5.4 million – 1.6 million in the US alone.
China, where the first coronavirus cases were reported, did not record any local transmission on its mainland on Sunday, the health authorities said Monday.
The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.
Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
To tackle the situation, the government extended general holidays further until May 30. The public transport services will also remain suspended until then.
But amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, thousands of people left the capital for spending Eid-ul-Fitr holidays at home with their families.
Experts said this mass exodus will worsen the coronavirus situation in the country.