According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the death toll in the country has gone up to 12,124 while the number of people infected by the virus is now over 7.79 lakh since the first case was reported in March last year. However, the number of active cases in the country is close to 46,000 as of now.
Though, the number of new cases is the lowest since Feb 4 when 243 cases were reported, the number of testing has also declined to 3758 in a single day on Saturday. The number of deaths in a single day is also the lowest since March 23.The sample positivity rate declined to 6.95 percent while the recovery rate went up to 92.52.
Meanwhile, the State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told the media on Saturday that the government is likely to issue a circular on Sunday extending the restrictions till May 23. The country has been under lockdown since April 5 which has been extended several times in phases.
Experts fear a surge in COVID 19 cases following the mass migration of people from Dhaka during Eid followed by their return to the capital without observing social distancing and wearing masks. An estimated 6.5 million people left Dhaka just before the Eid-ul-Fitr festival to go to their home towns and villages.