No coronavirus patient found in Bangladesh: minister

China provides kits to detect coronavirus

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:42, Feb 26,2020


No one in Bangladesh has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, health minister Zahid Maleque said on Tuesday.

Over 3 lakh people coming from different countries went through thermal screening at the country’s airports and land ports and no one was tested coronavirus positive, Zahid said.

The country is well-prepared to tackle any situation, the minister told reporters at his office after receiving 500 real-time PCR kits donated by the Chinese government to detect coronavirus.

Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming handed over the kits to the minister at the secretariat.

The minister said, ‘Bangladesh government has donated some medical equipment to China as a gesture of goodwill and the Chinese government, in return, has donated the kits.’

More cases of Covid-19 continue to emerge worldwide and recent outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran add to the concern.

In China where the disease was first reported, over 77,000 people have contracted the disease and over 2,600 have died.

Over 2,684 cases have been confirmed in over 35 other countries and there have been over 35 deaths. Italy reported four more deaths on Monday, raising the toll there to seven.

In Bangladesh, isolation units have been set up at all the medical college hospitals and district hospitals in addition to continuing screening at all ports.

Though no one has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Bangladesh, five Bangladeshi expatriates in Singapore and one in the United Arab Emirates were infected with the virus.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora said the health condition of the six expatriates remained unchanged and one continued to be in critical condition in Singapore.

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