The number of Covid-19 deaths reported in a single day saw an unexpected surge, when it jumped to 55 from the 40 that remained stagnant for five days prior.
The fresh deaths, the second highest in a day, has taken the total toll to 2,052.
On June 30, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported the highest single-day deaths -- 64. On the following days, from July 1-4, the daily death tolls were 41, 38, 42 and 29.
Authorities reported the third highest deaths -- 53 -- on June 16.
During yesterday's briefing, Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of the DGHS, reported 2,738 new cases, taking the total number of confirmed patients to 162,417.
On April 5, Bangladesh reported 18 cases, representing a 26 percent increase from the previous day. Since then till yesterday, the day-to-day increases have exceeded 20 percent, representing a sharp rise in cases, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) website.
Time-wise breakthrough figures of confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country as follows: total number of confirmed cases crossed 100 on April 6, 1,000 on April 14, 50,000 on June 1, one lakh on June 18, and 1.5 lakh cases on July 2.
Of all confirmed cases, 71 percent were male and 29 percent were female, while 77 percent of all deceased were male and the rest were female, according to IEDCR data.
More than 39 percent of the dead were above 60 years old, while more than 29 percent were between 51 and 60.
The fatality rate among the Covid-19 confirmed patients was 1.26 percent.
At the daily briefing yesterday, Prof Nasima said 1,904 patients were cured in the 24 hours till yesterday, taking the total number of recoveies to 72,625 -- 44.72 percent of all confirmed cases.
Of yesterday's 55 new victims, 37 were men, 18 women.
Divison-wise, 19 were from Dhaka, 13 from Chattogram, six from Khulna, one from Rajshahi, five from Barishal, two from Sylhet, eight in Rangpur and one from Mymensingh.
Twelve of them were aged between 71 and 80, nine between 61 and 70, 13 between 51 and 60, 17 between 41 and 50, three between 11 and 20 and one was under 10.
Dhaka remains the worst-affected region with almost 60 percent of the total number of cases.
Including yesterday's 717, a total of 7,113 patients were admitted in general beds and 355 were in ICUs in Covid-19 hospitals or specialised units across the country. On the other hand, 764 patients were released from hospitals, according to the DGHS.
For hospital admission related information, the DGHS official urged people to contact the following numbers: 01313791130, 01313791138, 01313791139, and 01313791140.
She also urged people to maintain hygiene rules to keep safe from the coronavirus.