Planet Desk | 14 May 2020 | 3:33 pm
Both the deaths and number of infections from the novel coronavirus keeps rising in Bangladesh as the authority has confirmed 14 more deaths and 1,041 new cases in the last 24 hours ending May 14 afternoon. The death toll from the virus now stands at 283 while the number of cases is at least 18,863. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said at a regular online bulletin on the coronavirus situation in the country.
Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 8 and the first death 18th of the month.
DGHS said at the bulletin that 7,392 samples were examined at about 41 labs across the country over the period to determine new cases. Of those, 1,041 samples came positive for the virus, the second highest rise in infections so far in a single day since the outbreak started in the country.
The authority however did not provide any information on if anyone has recovered or not over the period. So the recovered in total remains at 3,361. Over the earlier period, 1,162 new cases were detected across the country.
Of the 8 divisions in the country, Dhaka is the worst hit as the majority of the cases are under this division. Of the new fatalities, 9 are registered in the capital Dhaka while the rest are in Chattogram, south-eastern region in the country.
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To contain the spread of the virus, officially known as Covid-19, the country has been under lockdown from March 26. Given the worsening situation, the government on May 13 extended the lockdown to the 30th of the month. This is the 7th extension to the shutdowns.
The government has already declared the entire nation as virus prone as the virus has spread to all 64 districts in the country. Almost all the districts are under lockdowns with the capital city Dhaka being worst affected both in terms of cases and deaths.
Globally covid-19 coronavirus has infected more than 4.3 million people including at least 297,000 deaths. Of all the affected countries or territories, the USA is the worst hit with nearly 1.4 million cases and more than 84k deaths.