With the latest development, the coronavirus death toll has risen to nine and the number of total cases found positive currently stands at 88
Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has said that of all the confirmed Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh, most of the patients are from Dhaka.
IEDCR in an online press briefing on Sunday afternoon reported that a total of 18 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and one person has died in the last 24 hours.
With the latest development, the coronavirus death toll has risen to nine and the number of total cases found positive currently stands at 88.
Dhaka has been at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic since the very beginning of the crisis in the country. A total 54 of the 88 cases were in Dhaka district, including 52 in Dhaka city, according to the IEDCR.
Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of IEDCR, said: "Of the total 18 new cases, 12 are from Dhaka, five from Narayanganj and one from Madaripur. Most of those found positive for the virus belong to the different clusters we had previously identified.
"The capital's Bashabo and Tolarbag area are such clusters. We have strengthened our containment efforts there. Till date, total nine people with coronavirus infection have been found from Bashabo, and 11 from the entire Mirpur area, including six from Tolarbag.
"We have collected samples of those who came in close contact with the confirmed Covid-19 cases in the aforementioned two areas. We have evidence of community transmission but in clusters, not widespread.
"So there is nothing to panic about. However, we have to avoid public gatherings. If not then there is a chance of the virus spreading further in these two areas," she added.
According to the IEDCR, three people have been infected in the Swarighat area, 2 people each in Dhanmondi, Bashundhara, Jatrabari, Mirpur-10, Mohammadpur, Puranapaltan, and Sah Ali Bag, and one each in Ashkona, BUET area, Central Road, Eskaton, Gulshan, Green Road, Hazaribagh, Jigatala, kazi Para, Lalbagh, Mirpur-11, Mogbazar, Mohakhali, Nikunja, Rampura, Shahbagh, Urdu Road, Wari and Uttara.
Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, has so far led to the deaths of over 65,000 people in more than 200 countries and territories including nine from Bangladesh.