A labourer of the Dhaka Metro Rail project sits on a building material on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Dhaka (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
NINE people have died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Bangladesh. The death toll now stands at 140, said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of Directorate General of Health Services.
As many as 309 have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infected has reached 4,998, said DGHS.
A total of 3,337 samples were tested in 23 PCR labs across the country since Friday (24).
Among the nine deceased, five were female. Three were from Dhaka. Seven of them were over 70 years old, one was above 60 and another was aged between 51-60, Dr Nasima added.
Bangladesh on Friday (24) banned Iftar gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.
Earlier, the country has decided to extend the nationwide COVID-19 shutdown until May 5 amid warnings of heightening risks of coronavirus infections in the country, including among doctors and healthcare workers.
About reports in several media regarding scarcity of oxygen cylinders in hospitals, the DGHS official said that the information is not correct.