All the health directors and civil surgeon officials have been ordered to collect at least two samples for coronavirus test from each upazila across the country everyday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the directives to the authorities concerned in this regard on Thursday.Disclosing the information at a virtual briefing on Thursday, Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System (MIS), DGHS, said: "We have been instructed to perform coronavirus tests on 1,000 samples by tomorrow".
However, two more people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of cases in the country to 56.
"Samples of 141 people were collected in the past 24 hours. Two of them tested positive," said Md Habibur Rahman.
He said both of the new patients are male.
"One of them is aged 30-40 and the other between 70 and 80," he said but declined to disclose any information about the locations of the patients.
Twenty-six former patients have recovered and returned home, Rahman said.Earlier, he announced that 68,880 people have been home quarantined and 243 have been institutionally quarantined.
"In the past 24 hours, 1,404 people have been sent to home quarantine and nine to institutional quarantine...Currently 16,700 people are in quarantine across the country," he said, adding that 401 more people entered Bangladesh in the past 24 hours.
Rahman said PCR testing facility has been extended to six institutions within Dhaka and four outside the capital and all of them are currently in operation.
He said more institutions will be starting the test soon, including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Director Brigadier Md Shahidullah said there are 56,110 PPEs in stock.
"We collect 10,000 to 20,000 PPEs locally every day. I thank all the local providers for their support," he said adding that 150,000 N-95 masks are expected to arrive soon.
So far, 357,250 PPEs have been given to different medical institutions.
In the last 24 hours, 66,465 calls were made to the helplines of the health division regarding COVID-19.