Planet Desk | 10 May 2020 | 3:16 pm
The novel coronavirus is taking more and more lives in Bangladesh with time passing by as the authority has recorded 14 more deaths from the virus over the last 24 hours till May 10 afternoon. That brings the death toll in the country to 228. Besides, the country has added 887 new cases over the period, taking the total infections to 14,657.
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.
During the bulletin, DGHS said that 5,638 samples were examined at 36 labs across the country over the 24 hour term to determine new cases. Of those, 887 samples came positive for the virus, the highest increase in infections so far in a single day since the outbreak began in the country. Further 236 patients have recovered over the period, taking the recovered in total to 2,650.
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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 has recently extended the lockdown to the 16th of May. This is the sixth extension to the shutdowns. But in reality, the shutdown is going on laxly as the concerned authorities seem to be reluctant in maintaining the measures.
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.