Thousands travel to Dhaka amid surge in virus cases
May 29th, 2020 at 11:32 pm
Thousands travel to Dhaka amid surge in virus cases

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka – Tens of thousands of people returned Dhaka ending eid holidays as the government decided to reopen office on limited basis amid the nationwide surge in the deadly novel coronavirus infections.

Ferry terminals were seen full with the people travelling towards Dhaka by whatever the means of transport they could manage in absence of public transports since a shutdown was in force to stem the spread of the virus.

Earlier ahead of the Muslims festival of Eid-al-Fitr, the government allowed people to visit their villages. As the government decided to relax some of the measures, the rate of infection and deaths from the virus were reported rising.  

Thousands of people returned to Dhaka as the offices are scheduled to reopen on Sunday – photo

As of Friday the country’s novel coronavirus cases neared 43,000 with the highest 2,523 number of infections the last 24 hours ended on Friday, health officials said.

The death toll from the virus has raised to 582 with 23 fresh fatalities reported during the time, Nasim Sultana, the additional director of the government’s health services said.  

With the new infections reported out of 11,301 sample tested, the total number of nationwide Covid-19 patients stands at 42,844.

She said the recovery count rose to 9,015 after another 590 patients reported negative twice for the Covid-19 tests.

Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.

Among the newly reported deaths, 10 were from Dhaka division, nine in Chittagong, two in Rangpur, and one each in Barisal and Sylhet, she said

As of May 27, Dhaka city has been considered as the worst-affected with 14,997 COVID cases, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).