by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
More than 10,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Bangladesh since the country reported the first cases of the disease caused by novel coronavirus was traced more than a year ago.
A health ministry press release said on Thursday that 94 more people were died after being infected with the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 10,081.
The number of infections rose to 707,362 after 4,192 people from among 19,959 samples were tested positive during this period.
With the second wave of the virus beginning in March this year, the government has been trying to contain its spread with a week-long lockdown that was defied by many in Dhaka and elsewhere in the first week of April.
But the deaths and new infections continued to surge, prompting the government to order a strict nationwide lockdown from Wednesday shutting offices, shopping malls and transportation for eight days to slow the spread of the virus.
The highest single-day increase in infections was reported on Friday, with 7,462 new cases, and the highest daily death toll, 96, on Wednesday.
A country of more than 160 million population, Bangladesh having an impoverished health delivery system tested 5.1 million samples since it reported the first Covid-19 cases in March last year.