IEDCR for avoiding foreign trips

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 01:21, Feb 24,2020


The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research on Sunday advised Bangladeshi citizens to avoid unnecessary foreign trips amid the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as Covid-19.

The institute director Meerjady Sabrina Flora made the call at a press conference in the capital.

She said that the complexity of Covid-19 situation had become a global concern as there was no clue about the source of the disease in several countries excluding China.

People set for travelling abroad should also remain alert about Covid-19 situation in their respective destination countries, she said.

Nobody was found in fected with Covid-19 in Bangladesh so far as authorities continued health screening at all international airports, land ports and seaports, officials said.

All 312 Bangladeshis—who were brought back from the epicentre of the disease in Wuhan province of China and were kept in 14-day quarantine in Dhaka—were also in good health on the ninth day of their release from the quarantine, Meerjady added.

Bangladesh high commissioner in Singapore Mustafizur Rahman said on Sunday that physicians in Singapore were not losing hope about a Bangladesh citizen infected with coronavirus and undergoing treatment in critical condition at the intensive care unit of a hospital.

The patient was also provided with support for recovering trouble in the lung and kidneys, he said.

The condition of four other Bangladeshi Covid-19 patients was stable, the high commissioner said.

He also added that hospital authorities did not disclose specific details about the state of patients undergoing treatment at hospitals.

The Bangladeshi expatriate infected with the disease in the United Arab Emirates was in stable condition at a hospital, a Bangladesh diplomat said on Sunday.

He was in contact with a Chinese national suffering from Covid-19.

The World Health Organisation announced a global health emergency as the virus already spread to over two dozen of countries. China has seen more than 76,000 infections and 2,468 deaths till Sunday evening, according to international news agencies.

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