Planet Desk | 20 April 2020 | 3:48 pm
The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh has crossed the 100 mark as the concerned body today confirms 10 more fatalities, bringing the total to 101. Besides, the number of cases in the country has risen to at least 2,948 with 492 new infections reported in the last 24 hours as of April 20. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) disclosed this information at a regular online press briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country.
In Bangladesh, the first infection of the virus was confirmed on March 8 and the first death recorded on 18th of the month.
DGHS at the regular bulletin on April 20 says that at least 2,779 samples were examined across the country over the period to determine new cases. Of these, 492 samples, the highest rise in a single day so far since the first case, turned positive for the virus, taking the total infections to at least 2,948.
Of the new 10 deaths, 5 happened in the capital city Dhaka. Gazipur, an urban area close to capital Dhaka, has seen most number of new cases over the period, says the health body.
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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. The countrywide lockdown is expected to see end on 25th of this month. But there’s a wide speculation that the lockdown could see another extension up to the end of the month and beyond depending on the situation in the days to come.
The authority has already declared the whole country under the risk of the virus as at least 40 districts in the country are under shutdowns.