The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research so far conducted coronavirus tests on 39 Bangladeshis, who came back home from China in recent weeks, but none of them found infected with the new Chinese virus, officials said.
People coming back to Bangladesh from China are being screened at the airports, seaports and land ports and those who are found with suspected coronavirus symptoms such as fever, sneezing and coughing are being tested by the IEDCR, said its director Meerjady Sabrina Flora.
The coronavirus symptoms include respiratory problem, fever, cough, short ness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to World Health Organization.
‘IEDCR so far conducted tests on 39 Bangladeshis as they had symptoms of coronavirus, but none so far found positive with the virus,’ Sabrina Flora said at a press conference at her office on Tuesday.
Replying to a question, she said the IEDCR is conducting PCR tests and the samples are being sent to the World Health Organization for further tests.
The sophisticated PCR tests for coronavirus are only available at the IEDCR in Bangladesh. Sabrina Flora advised people suspecting to be a coronavirus patients to contact with the IEDCR.
The number of deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak spiked to 425, after authorities in Hubei province reported 64 new fatalities on Tuesday, reports Agence France-Presse from China.
In its daily update, figures from the health commission in Hubei, which has been hit hardest by the virus, also showed a sharp increase in confirmed infections with 2,345 new cases.
That puts the national total at 19,550, based on numbers previously issued by the central government in China.
The epidemic, which has spiralled into a global health emergency, is believed to have emerged in December 2019, from a market that sold wild game in the Hubei provincial capital Wuhan.
There are now cases reported in more than 20 countries. There has been one death outside China, in the Philippines.
The World Health Organization already announced global emergency over the spread of the coronavirus.
On Saturday, Bangladesh brought back its 312 nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the disease.
They all are in isolation at the Hajj Camp near the Dhaka airport.
Among the returnee Bangladeshis, two were now admitted to the Kurmitola General Hospital on Tuesday, after they came down with a fever and headache.
IEDCR director Sabrina Flora said, ‘The two were taken to the hospital as part of a precautionary measure and they were not infected with the coronavirus.’
‘They are now doing well, but we are conducting tests on them,’ she said.
Eight more people of three families, including children and pregnant woman, were now at the Combined Military Hospital, said Sabrina Flora. ‘But all of them are well now,’ she re-affirmed.
‘There is nothing to get panicked about…we have measures to isolate anyone after we suspect them to be infected with the coronavirus so that it cannot be transmitted to others,’ she said.
The IEDCR said in its daily updates on Tuesday evening that it has screened 6,789 passengers at the Dhaka airport including 837 in the past 24 hours, but none were found infected with the coronavirus.
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