Condition of coronavirus infected Bangladeshis in Singapore unchanged

312 back from Wuhan asked to stay cautious for 10 more days

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:58, Feb 21,2020 | Updated: 01:28, Feb 21,2020


Health condition of the five coronavirus infected Bangladeshi expatriates in Singapore remained unchanged, officials said on Thursday.

One the five Bangladeshis remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The patient has comorbidity like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease, officials said.

‘Health condition of five Bangladeshis remained unchanged,’ said Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora, quoting the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore.

She said five other Bangladeshis were quarantined in Singapore, where so far 84 people were found infected with Covid-19.

Covid-19, caused by the new coronavirus, so far killed 2,118 people and infected 74,576 others in China.

The World Health Organisation already announced global health emergency over the spread of coronavirus, which spread to over two dozen countries.

Bangladesh prepared with preventive measures against coronavirus with screening passengers at the ports of entry and setting up isolation centres at all medical college hospitals and districts hospitals across the country.

Bangladesh brought back 312 Bangladeshis from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the disease outbreak, on February 1. They were released upon two-week quarantine near the Dhaka airport.

IEDCR director Meerjady said all of the 312 Wuhan returnees were in good health.

‘They have completed 20 days after their return and they are in sound health, but we are requesting them to stay cautious for 10 more days,’ she said.

The incubation period of coronavirus is 14 days, but the studies in the USA suggested taking cautionary measures for 24 days.

They were requested to stay in home quarantine and avoid public place unless emergency, she said.

They were also advised to contact IEDCR or local health facilities immediately if found symptoms of coronavirus like fever, sneezing, coughing and breathing difficulty.

The IEDCR director said so far none was found infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh yet.

She said rumors and false news were spreading on social media and by some online news portals and newspapers.

IEDCR also asked government officials concerned to be responsible about identity of the suspected Covid-19 patients.

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