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The COVID-19 death toll in Bangladesh has risen to 1,968 after another 42 fatalities were reported, health officials said on Friday.

The total number of positive cases in the country has increased to 156,391 with 3,114 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8 am on Friday.

A total of 1,606 infected patients recovered from the disease in the same period, raising the total to 68,048, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing.

The recovery rate currently stands at 43.51 per cent while the mortality rate is 1.26 per cent, she added.

The latest fatalities include 32 men and 10 women.

As many as 14,650 samples were tested at 63 authorised labs across the country in the last 24 hours with 21.26 of these returning positive results, said Sultana.

Globally, over 10.87 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 521,355 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.

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