Dhaka- New Coronavirus Epicentre in South Asia

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, people line up to shop for essential items from a roadside truck in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In Dhaka, a city of more than 10 million where the average home is less than 120 square feet and a million people live in slums, social distancing is easier said than done.

Bangladesh has recorded five new deaths and another 182 new cases of infections from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the country’s health minister said Monday. With the latest figures, the death toll stood at 39 while the number of confirmed cases rose to 803, said Zahid Maleque.

He said transmission of the virus has spread in many areas. Dhaka has remained a major hotspot of the virus while some neighboring districts are also in trouble.

Bangladesh, a densely populated nation of 160 million people, is desperately trying to contain the virus from spreading by enforcing a nationwide lockdown until April 25.

The country has suspended all programs to celebrate the Bengali New Year on Tuesday. In the South Asian country, community transmission has taken place for weeks through Bangladeshi expatriates who returned from Italy and some other hard-hit countries.

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