Planet Desk | 13 May 2020 | 9:10 pm
The novel coronavirus has taken further 19 lives in the last 24 hour till May 13 Afternoon, taking the total toll to 269. This is the highest single day toll in the country so far now since the outbreak began in the country. The virus, known as covid-19, has infected further 1,162 persons over the period, also the highest infections in a day. That brings the total number of cases in the country to 17,822. 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 7,900 samples were examined at about 40 labs across the country over the period to determine new cases. Of those, 1,162 samples came positive for the virus, the highest increase in infections so far in a single day since the outbreak started in the country. Further 214 patients have recovered over the period, taking the recovered in total to 3,361.
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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 on the same day extended the lockdown to the 30th of May. 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.