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    Bangladesh has extended its strict lockdown for citizens by another week

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    Move comes after recommendation by the national advisory panel

    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 Monday, the health authorities reported 164 deaths, the highest since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh last year. With the latest tally, the countrywide death toll now stands at 15,229.
    The new record surpassed the previous high of 153 on Sunday.

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

    Meanwhile, another 9,964 people tested positive in the 24 hours to Monday morning, taking the tally to 954,881.

    The daily test positivity rate stood at 29.3%, according to the latest figures by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
    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 17.

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