Muslim devotees offer Friday noon prayers during a government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Dhaka on April 10, 2020.(Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

THE Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Bangladesh on Friday (10) said that six more died of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours and 94 people have tested positive.

This is the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19 in a day so far in the country.

The death toll now stands at 27 and there are 424 patients in the country, Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director, IEDCR said.

Among the deceased — five males and one female — two were aged between 30-40 years old, two from 50-60 years old, one from 70-80 and another was above 90 years old, the IEDCR director added.

Three of them were from Dhaka, two from Narayanganj and one was from Patuakhali.

Among the newly infected patients, 69 are male and 25 are female, Dr Meerjady said.

Meanwhile, the government on Friday extended the ongoing closure of all public and private offices upto April 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

This is the third time the government extended closure after it first announced such a measure from March 26 to April 4. The first announcement had come on March 23.

Later, the government on April 1 extended the leave from April 5 to 11 as the outbreak situation did not improve. On April 5 it extended the leave from April 12 to 14.

As per the latest circular, utility services such as water, electricity, gas, fire service, telephone, the internet will remain open during the shutdown.

Emergency services will also remain out of purview of the closure, the circular said.