Planet Desk | 28 April 2020 | 3:11 pm
The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh keeps rising as the country has recorded 3 more fatalities in the last 24 hours till April 28 Afternoon. With this, the total toll now stands at 155. Besides, the country has detected 549 new cases over the period, taking the cases to at least 6,462 in total. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said this at a regular online bulletin on the coronavirus situation in the country.
Health officials in Bangladesh confirmed the first case in the country on March 8 and the first death on 18th of the month.
During the briefing, DGHS said that 4,332 samples were examined across the country over the 24 hour span to determine new cases. Of those, 549 samples came positive for the virus, up from 497 confirmed on the preceding day. And all new fatalities happened in the capital city Dhaka.
At the briefing, it has been said that so far 139 patients in the country have recovered with 8 over the span till April 27. To date, about 54,733 samples in total were examined across the country.
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Over the earlier period of 24 hours, the authority confirmed 7 deaths. So the number of deaths confirmed over the following period till April 28 is down by 4. But the new detection of positive cases over the period is the highest so far now.
To contain the spread of the virus, officially known as Covid-19, the country has been under lockdown from March 26. The government on April 22 extended the shutdown to May 5. But whether or not the shutdown has another extension depends on the situation in the days to come.
The government has already declared the entire nation as virus prone as more than 50 districts out of 64 in the country are under lockdowns. Now as per the earlier briefing, 60 districts out of total 64 now have confirmed cases of the virus with the capital city Dhaka being worst affected.