CNI Desk: Bangladesh on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day coronavirus deaths as 45 more patients died in the span of 24 hours raising the death toll to 975.

The country also saw the highest-ever jump in coronavirus cases in a single day as the health authorities confirmed the detection of record 3,171 new patients in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 71,675.

Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at its daily health bulletin on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, 55 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 14,664 samples, she added.

Another 777 patients were released from hospitals in the same period, taking the recovery count to 15,336.

Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.