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The number of detected novel coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, according to the government, on Monday rose to 644,439 as 7,075 more cases were reported in the last 24 hours until 8:00am.

During that time 52 more Covid-19 patients died, raising the total deaths in the country to 9,318, said a press release of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Monday.

A total of 30,239 samples were tested in the last 24 hours until 8:00am today. The rate of detection in the last 24 hours until 8:00am was 23.4 per cent.

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The health directorate said some 2,932 people recovered from Covid-19 taking the total number of recovery to 555,414.

The number of detections of novel coronavirus infected people has been rising steeply in Bangladesh for the last few days. On 4 April, the country reported over 7,000 cases (7,087) in 24 hours for the first time since the pandemic began.

The authorities have enforced a week-long countrywide lockdown from Monday.

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

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