Bangladesh hits record COVID cases amid fears of oxygen crisis



Bangladesh has reported 11,525 COVID-19 cases, the highest in a day since the start of the pandemic, as authorities fear a crisis of medical oxygen critical in its treatment.

At least 163 people died in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 15,392, according to the government’s data on Tuesday. The total caseload is 966,406.

Bangladesh on Monday extended a strict nationwide lockdown, confining people to their homes for another week as the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths hit new records.

Bangladesh’s cases of new infections increased last month when the Delta variant – first discovered in India – hit the country’s border regions in the northern and southwestern regions.

The country shares a large border with India, and health experts say the actual numbers of infections and deaths are likely higher.