5 more test positive for coronavirus, raising total to 61
Published: 12:16 PM, 3 April 2020 Updated: 05:31 PM, 3 April 2020
Health Minister Zahid Malek briefing press through online
Five more people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 61, said Health Minister Zahid Malek on Friday.
The minister came up with the information at a regular press briefing at the office of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) through online at around 12:15 pm.
Zahid Malek, however, said that no death from the deadly virus was reported in the last 24 hours in the country. Bangladesh has so far confirmed six deaths. Besides, 26 of the coronavirus patients have recovered and returned home.
The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, is now affecting 203 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.
As of Friday noon, a total of 1,016,330 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 53,238 while 213,132 patients have recovered.
More than a third of the world's population is now under lockdown as an increasing number of countries implement sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
To stop spreading the deadly coronavirus, the Bangladesh government on March 23 declared a nationwide 10-day holiday from March 26 to April 4 shutting down the government and private offices, excepting essential and healthcare facilities. Later, the general holidays was extended till April 9.
Apart from this, all educational institutions and coaching centres across the country have been closed till April 9. All have been requested to stay-at-home during the holidays unless they have a good reason to leave their homes.