by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The number of Covid-19 cases have been registered sharp rise although Bangladesh enforces a seven-day nationwide ‘lockdown’ keeping offices and transports partially open.
The South Asian country reported the record 7,626 new infections in the last 24 hours ended on Wednesday morning, making the total number of infections to 659,278, according to a government statement.
It added, 63 fatalities during the period, raising the death toll to 9,447 since Bangladesh reported the first cases of novel coronavirus in March last year.
The government reported a total of 561,630 recoveries with 3256 in last 24 hours. The recovery rate is reported at 85.19 per cent. The mortality rate is reported 1.43 and the positivity rate is 22.02 per cent.
In the face of a sharp rise in the new infections, the government on Saturday decided to impose a seven-day lockdown from Monday to check the further spread of the virus. But the people generally reluctant to follow the lockdown rules.
In the meantime, the government on Wednesday allowed private bus operators to carry passengers, keeping 50 per cent seats vacant, in 11 cities.
Buses on long-routes, train services, domestic flights and river communications carrying passengers are shut, however.