Bangladesh has registered a daily COVID-19 infection rate that is at an all-time high, leading the government to suspend flights from a range of countries in an effort to curb the outbreak.
In the 24 hours leading up to Thursday, 6,469 people were diagnosed with the disease, taking the total number of cases in the South Asian country to 617,764.
The country also recorded 59 deaths, the highest daily figure since the coronavirus claimed 64 lives on June 30 last year, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 9,105 people.
The number of regular infections began to decline in mid-December, reaching a low of 305 on February 6, but new infections began to increase in mid-March.