Three doctors, a police officer and 15 medical staff, including nurses and ward boys, of a private hospital in Chattogram have been sent for home quarantine as they came into contact with a coronavirus patient.
On Friday, the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases confirmed a 67-year-old man the first COVID-10 patient of the port city after testing his samples.
Eighteen people, including three doctors, a police officer, and three nurses, were isolated Friday evening after the patient had been found positive, said Chattogram civil surgeon Sheikh Fazle Rabbi.
The patient with fever, respiratory and bronchitis problems have been in treatment in Chattogram General Hospital since Thursday, said Hasan Shahriar Kabir, Chattogram divisional director of the Directorate General of Health Services.
After the test, the authorities imposed a lockdown on six buildings in the port city’s Dampara area, as he had been there before the test.
Shahriar said that the patient’s daughter, son-in-law and daughter’s mother-in-law came from Saudi Arabia on March 12 and they had stayed in a building at Dampara before leaving for their village Satkania.
The local administration also locked down 12 houses, including the patient’s house at Satkania.
Their neighbours complained to police over phone that the Saudi returnees did not maintain the government’s recommended 14-day home quarantine, said Chawkbazar police officer-in-charge Nizam Uddin.
A police officer visited their house to investigate on Thursday, but the patient’s daughter told the officer that her father went to the market.
The officer-in-charge said that they sent the police officer, who visited the patient’s house, for 14-day home quarantine from Friday.
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