As Covid-19 continues its onslaught despite lockdown, Bangladesh on Thursday registered 74 more deaths during the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, breaking its all the previous records.
The number of new Coronavirus cases dropped slightly to 6,854 after remaining over 7,000 for the past four days, said a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With the new 74 deaths, the Covid-19 fatalities rose to 9,521 while the mortality rate remained static at 1.43 percent.
The infection rate slipped to 20.65 percent from 22.02 percent on Wednesday.
During the reporting period, 3,391 patients recovered, raising the number of recoveries to 565,030, the DGHS said.
Even though the government enforced a weeklong lockdown restricting people’s movement, shutting shops, markets and suspending operations of public transport (bus, train and domestic flights), people took it lightly and are moving around freely defying the restrictions.
Later, the government allowed the movement of public transports in city corporation areas and reopened shops and shopping malls until April 13.
The virus claimed 568 lives in Bangladesh in January alone this year, while 281 in February and 638 in March. Bangladesh has so far recorded 666,132 coronavirus cases, according to the handout.