Bangladeshi infected in UAE

Condition of infected 5 in Singapore unchanged

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:03, Feb 22,2020 | Updated: 00:06, Feb 23,2020


Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. — AFP file photo

A Bangladeshi was infected with coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates, as he was in contact with a Chinese national suffering from the disease caused by the novel virus.

At least 11 people were found infected with corona virus in the UAE, including the 39-year-old Bangladeshi, reports Reuters quoting the health ministry of UAE.

He, along with a Filipino, was diagnosed with coronavirus on Friday and they were in stable condition, reports Gulf News.

Covid-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, has killed 2,345 in China and spread to over two dozen countries including Singapore, where the cases were increasing.

At least five Bangladeshi expatriates infected with coronavirus are now in Singapore hospital.

One of them was in critical condition and kept at the intensive care unit, said officials.

Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, confirmed that a new Bangladeshi got infected with Covid-19 in the UAE.

She said that the health condition of the five Bangladeshis in Singapore remained unchanged.

She also said that so far none was found infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh.

The World Health Organisation announced global emergency as the virus already spread to over two dozen countries.

Bangladesh prepared with preventive measures, including screening of passengers at the ports of entry and surveillance system across the country.

Bangladesh set up isolation centres at the all medical college hospitals and district hospitals and brought back 312 Bangladeshis from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the viral outbreak in late December, on February 1.

They were released on good health upon 14-day quarantine in Dhaka.

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