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Hard lockdown extended by another week as virus engulfs Bangladesh

Move comes after recommendation by the national advisory panel

Update : 05 Jul 2021, 01:48 PM

Bangladesh has extended its strict lockdown with stay-at-home orders for citizens by another week, a day after the daily coronavirus deaths reached a record high.

In a notification issued on Monday, the Cabinet Division said that the ongoing restrictions will remain effective until July 14 midnight.

On Sunday, the health authorities reported 153 deaths in a single day, the highest since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh last year. With the latest tally, the countrywide death toll now stands at 15,065.

Khulna division, the current Covid-19 hotspot, reported 51 deaths - the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Dhaka with 46 deaths.

Meanwhile, another 8,661 people tested positive over the 24-hour period, raising the total caseload in the country to 944,917.

The daily test positivity rate in the country now stands at 28.99%.

Earlier on June 30, the Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification imposing a number of restrictions as part of the lockdown measure from July 1to 7, which will now remain in force until July 14.

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