Planet Desk | 29 April 2020 | 8:48 pm
The death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 163 with 8 more fatalities in the last 24 hours till April 29 afternoon. Besides, the number of cases in the country has crossed 7 thousand mark with another 641 cases recorded over the period, taking the total to 7,103. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said this at a regular online bulletin on the coronavirus situation in the country.
In Bangladesh, the first coronavirus case was confirmed on March 8 and the first death 18th of the month.
During the briefing, DGHS said that 4,968 samples were examined across the country over the 24 hour span to determine new cases. Of those, 641 samples came positive for the virus, up from 549 confirmed over the preceding day. And of the new fatalities, 6 occurred in the capital city Dhaka and the rest outside. In terms of sex of the new deaths, 6 are male and two female.
At the briefing, it has been said that so far 150 patients in the country have recovered with 11 over the span till April 29. To date, about 59,701 samples in total were examined across the country.
Over the earlier period of 24 hours, the authority confirmed 3 deaths. So the number of deaths confirmed over the following period is up by 5. But the new detection of positive cases over the period is the highest so far now on daily basis, up by 92 from the day earlier.
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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 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 press briefing, 60 districts out of total 64 now have confirmed cases of the virus with the capital city Dhaka being worst affected.