Planet Desk | 12 May 2020 | 4:13 pm
The novel coronavirus has killed further 11 people in the last 24 hour till May 12, taking the total to at least 250. Moreover, the country has recorded 969 new cases of infections. With that, the number of cases in the country now stands at 16,660. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said at a daily online bulletin on the coronavirus situation in the country.
Bangladesh detected its first patients of corona on March 8 and the first death 18th of the month.
During the briefing, DGHS said that 6,773 samples were examined at 38 labs across the country over the period to detect new cases. Of those, 969 came positive for the virus, down from 1034 the day earlier. Of the new deaths, 5 are recorded in the capital Dhaka which is worst hit by the virus.
The health body at the bulletin also said that 245 patients have recovered over the period, taking the total recovered to 3,147.
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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 extended the lockdown to the 16th of May. This is the sixth time extension to the shutdowns which is now being observed dillydally across the country as the authorities concerned seems to be reluctant in enforcing the measures to curb the spread of the virus plus mass people also appear to be disobedient to the lockdown rules or directives.
The government has already declared the entire nation as virus prone as corona patients are detected in all 64 districts in the country.