Covid-19 death tolls shoot up after EID

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Newsnow Desk: Covid-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again after the Eid-ul-Azha and weekend holidays, with Bangladesh tallying 228 more fatalities—the third highest daily toll—and 11,291 new patients on Sunday.

On the other hand, another 10,584 patients recovered from the infectious disease in the 24 hours between 8am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 19,274, total caseload to 1,164,635 and the total number of recoveries to 998,923.

Dhaka counted 69 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Khulna with 50 fatalities.

Chittagong division reported 40 deaths, Rajshahi 21, Rangpur 16, Mymensingh 15, Sylhet 11 and Barisal six.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 4,755 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 1,667 and Khulna with 1,278.

As many as 37,587 samples were tested during the 24-hour period, yielding an infection rate of 30.04%.

Movement amid lockdown

With hospitals across the country overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus cases, Bangladesh on Friday went into another spell of strict lockdown for 14 days right after a nine-day break for Eid-ul-Azha celebrations.

However, public and vehicular movement in the capital increased considerably on Sunday, the third day of the countrywide lockdown.

With the bourses, banks and several other essential services reopening after the weekly holidays, commuters were seen in Shabagh, Bangla Motor, Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Banani, Rampura and Motijheel areas en route to their respective offices by rickshaws, motorcycles and cars or on foot, due to the ban on public transport.

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