Planet Desk | 26 April 2020 | 12:44 am
The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh has reached 140 with 9 more fatalities being confirmed in the last 24 hours as of April 25. Besides, the country has recorded another 309 cases, taking the total confirmed cases to at least 4,998. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said this at a daily online press briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country.
In Bangladesh, the first case of infection was confirmed on March 8 and the first death on 18th of the month.
During the briefing, DGHS said that 3,337 samples were examined across the country over the period to determine new corona case. Of those, 309 samples came positive for the virus. Of the new deaths, 3 happened in the capital Dhaka and the rest outside areas.
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 lockdown, due to end on April 25, 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 the cases has already been detected in 60 districts out of 64 in the country. Most of the districts are under lockdowns now.