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The number of detections of novel coronavirus infected people has been rising steeply in Bangladesh for the last few days. On 1 April, the country reported over 6,000 cases (6,469) in 24 hours for the first time since the pandemic began. Some 6,830 new cases were reported on 2 April.

In the meantime, the government issued a circular imposing a week-long nationwide lockdown, effective from 6:00am on Monday (5 April) to 11:00pm on 11 April.

Everything will remain shut during the lockdown except for emergencies services, it said.

Bangladesh detected the first coronavirus patient on 8 March last year and recorded the first death on 18 March that year.

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