Planet Desk | 08 May 2020 | 3:12 pm
The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh keeps rising as the authority has confirmed 7 more fatalities over the last 24 hours till May 8 afternoon. With this, the death toll in the country has risen to 206. Besides, the number of cases in the country has crossed 13,000 with another 709 cases recorded over the period, taking the total to 13,134. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 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 5,941 samples were examined at 34 labs across the country over the 24 hour span to determine new cases. Of those, 709 samples came positive for the virus, up 3 from the earlier day with 706. And of the new fatalities, 5 are male and the rest female. The deaths over the period are down from the earlier day with 13, the second highest in a single day since the outbreak began in the country.
At the briefing, it has been said that 2,101 patients in the country have recovered with 191 more over the span till May 8.
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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 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.