Bangladesh reported the lowest daily death toll due to COVID 19 in the last 32 days on Wednesday as 50 people died in the country over the last 24 hours.This is the lowest death toll since April 2. The death toll in Bangladesh due to COVID 19 now stands at 11755.
Meanwhile, the government issued the notification extending restrictions on movement of people, mass gatherings and public transport as part of the lockdown till May 16. In view of surging cases of Corona in the country, the government had announced countrywide lockdown on April 5 which has been extended in phases since then.
According to the latest notification issued on Wednesday, all employees in the government and private sectors will have to remain at their respective stations during the forthcoming Eid holidays. Shops and malls are allowed to open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with strict maintenance of the health guidelines. Public transport including inter district buses, trains and waterways will remain suspended. However, bus transport within the city/district has been allowed from Thursday. Domestic and international flights have resumed on a limited scale. Banks are open for a limited period. Factories are open. Educational institutions including schools and colleges continue to remain shut in Bangladesh since March last year.
Subsequent to the lockdown, critical indicators relating to the COVID 19 situation in the country have shown improvement. The daily death count has come down to 50 as on Wednesday from a level of over 100 deaths between April 16-19. The number of new cases on a daily basis has also declined from over 7000 between April 4-7 to 1742 as on May 5. The sample positivity rate has also shown a sharp decline from over 23 percent on April 16 to 8.59 percent as on May 5.