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62 of 112 newly detected only in Dhaka: Flora

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:26 PM, 9 April 2020  

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), at regular online briefing

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), at regular online briefing

The 112 new coronavirus patients who were identified in the past 24 hours – 62 of them were from Dhaka, 13 from Narayanganj, and the remaining are hailing from elsewhere in the country, said Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), on Thursday.

“Among the new COVID-19 patients, 70 are males while 42 are females. With this, the total number of cases risen to 330,” she said in a regular online briefing after the Health Minister Zahid Maleque’s statement on coronavirus situation of the country at Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the capital.   

She said, “Three of the fresh coronavirus patients were children aged under 10, nine were in their 11-20, 25 in their 21-30, 24 in their 31-40, 17 in their 40s, 23 in their 50s and 11 others in over 60 years old.”

One more person has died from coronavirus during the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 21, said the IEDCR director.

The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, is now affecting 209 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. As of Thursday afternoon, a total of 1,521,253 people has been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 88,570 while 331,355 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 shutting down the government and private offices excepting essential and healthcare facilities while it was due to expire on April 4. On April 1, the fresh holidays were declared from April 5 to 9 and the two days of (Friday & Saturday) would be added to these holidays. 

Later on April 5, the government issued an order extending the nationwide holiday further until April 14 in the wake of the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All have been requested to stay-at-home during the holidays unless they have a good reason to leave their homes.

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