Planet Desk | 09 May 2020 | 3:19 pm
The fatalities from the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh continues rising with 8 more deaths being confirmed over the last 24 hours till May 9 afternoon. With that, the death toll in the country has risen to 214. Besides, the country has added 636 new cases over the period, taking the total to 11,770.
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 5,465 samples were examined at 34 labs across the country over the 24 hour term to determine new cases. Of those, 636 samples came positive for the virus, down from the earlier day with 709. It has been said that 2,414 patients in the country have recovered now with 313 more over the span ending May 9.
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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.