The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus surpassed 4 lakh mark as the Directorate General of Health Services reported 1,436 new cases in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday.
The new cases were 10.44 percent of the 13,758 tests done in 111 rt-PCR laboratories in the country.
With this, the total number of coronavirus infection rose to 4,00,251.
Bangladesh is now the country with the 18th highest number of confirmed cases, according to worldometers.info.
Besides, 15 Covid-19 patients died in the same 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 5,818, said a DGHS press release.
This is around 1.45 percent of all confirmed cases in the country, according to the DGHS.
Nine of yesterday's deceased were males.
One died at home and the rest in hospitals, said the press release.
One was aged between 21 and 30, three were between 51 and 60, and the highest 11 were over 60 years old.
One each was from Sylhet and Barishal divisions, three from Chattogram division and 10 from Dhaka division.
As 1,493 people recovered from their illnesses in the same 24 hours, the number of recoveries rose to 3,016,600.
This is more than 79 percent of all confirmed cases.
As of yesterday noon, 2,358 Covid-19 patients were undergoing treatment in general beds and 260 in ICU beds in coronavirus designated hospitals across the country.
On March 8, the DGHS reported the first three confirmed cases while the first death was reported on March 18.