The number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise in Bangladesh.
The government on Monday confirmed 22 more deaths and 2381 new cases testing 11,439 samples in the last 24 hours till 8am.
With this, the death toll from the pandemic virus rose to 672 and the number of cases surged to 49,534, Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general for health, said at the daily bulletin.
Some 816 patients recovered during the period, increasing the tally of recoveries to 10,597.
The government has reopened everything ending the two-month long general holidays.
But it has decided to divide the country based on the virus spread into three zones – red, yellow and green.
The three colour zone classification will be based on the number of coronavirus cases in different areas of the country, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said.
Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Chittagong have high infection rates till date. Highly affected areas will be temporarily locked down if necessary, he said.
Yellow zones have comparatively fewer cases where houses of infected patients will be locked down.
Special initiatives will be taken in the areas where there are no Covid-19 cases so that no one can enter from outside, he said.
Among the dead patients of Monday, 19 are male and three female.
However, 15 of the patients died at different hospitals, six at their respective homes and one was diagnosed with the infection after death.
Eleven of them were from Dhaka division, eight from Chattogram, one each from Sylhet and Barishal.
Prof Nasima said they had collected 13,104 samples in last 24 hours and tested 11,439.
A total of 320,369 samples have been tested so far in Bangladesh.
According to the latest data, 21,39 percent patients have recovered and 1.36 percent died.
The infection rate has been 20.81 percent on Monday.
Currently, there are 59,136 people in quarantined across Bangladesh – including 2,707 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 228,743 people have completed their quarantine course.