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05:24 PM, April 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:00 PM, April 12, 2020

Coronavirus spreads to 75 areas in Dhaka

50 percent of total confirmed cases are in the capital

Coronavirus infection has spread to 75 areas in Dhaka city, with 313 residents of the capital testing positive till today -- about 50 percent of the total confirmed cases.

With 139 people testing positive in last 24 hours, the total number of confirmed cases has reached 621. The country's death toll now stands at 34, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

The IEDCR data shows that Mirpur is one of the coronavirus hotspots in Dhaka with a total of 52 Covid-19 patients now in the zone.

In Mirpur, the most affected areas are Tolarbagh with 19 cases and Mirpur-11 with 10 cases.

Other affected areas of Mirpur zone are: Mirpur-12 with eight cases, Mirpur-1 with five cases, Mirpur-10 with five cases, Mirpur-6 with two cases, Mirpur-13 with two cases and Kazipara with one case.

After Mirpur, other hard-hit areas are: Uttara with 17 cases, Wari with 16 cases, Dhanmondi with 14 cases, Lalbagh with 13 cases, Mohammadpur with 12 cases, Bashabo with 12 cases, Jatrabari with 11 cases, and Hazaribagh with eight cases.

Besides, Banani, Bangshal and Mohakhali each have seven Covid-19 cases.

To tackle this situation, Dhaka Metropolitan Police put 54 areas under lockdown following the virus outbreak, media reports say.

Besides, in some areas, building owners and community leaders have stepped up to limit movement without waiting for police and administration, to ward off the looming crisis.

No strangers, housemaids and guests are being allowed to enter some residential buildings, locals said.

Even courier services or deliverymen are being barred from entering the buildings.

Bamboo barricades have been erected at the entry and exit points of many areas including Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Banasree, Niketan, Shantinagar, Dhanmondi and some parts of Old Dhaka.

After Dhaka city, Narayanganj has the second highest number of cases, with 107 testing positive for coronavirus, according to IEDCR.

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