Coronavirus: Bangladesh reports 3,141 new cases, 32 deaths in 24
Coronavirus: Bangladesh reports 3,141 new cases, 32 deaths in 24 hrs
Rtv online desk
| 14 Jun 2020, 00:00 | Update : 14 Jun 2020, 14:56
Dr. Nasima Sultana
Bangladesh on Sunday saw another surge in coronavirus cases after the health authorities confirmed the detection of 3,141 new patients in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 87,520.
“The virus claimed 32 more lives during the same period, taking the death toll in the country to1,171” said Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana at its daily online briefing.
In the last 24 hours, 60 laboratories across the country tested 14,505 samples, she added.
Bangladesh confirmed its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18 but it has been seeing a sharp rise in both new cases and deaths in recent weeks.
According to JHU, Bangladesh has come up to 18th position from the number of confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday.
‘Red Zone’ in Bangladesh
As COVID-19 cases and fatalities continue to rise alarmingly in the country, the government has taken decision to identify areas with high infection rates and categorise them into Red Zone.
All the preparations were made to bring virus hotspots ‘Red Zones' under lockdown and declaring general holidays there to prevent entry to and exit from those areas.
“The areas where infection rate is high will be declared as ‘Red Zone’ and general holidays will be announced in those areas but countrywide general holidays will not be declared anymore,” State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told UNB on Saturday.
However, offices will remain open as usual maintaining health guidelines even after June 15.
Hossain also said that the decision was taken in this regard which will be finally approved by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.