Five more infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:44, Mar 26,2020 | Updated: 18:50, Mar 26,2020


Five more people were infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh on Thursday, raising the total number of infected people to 44.

Among the 44 infected, five earlier died and 11 recovered from the infection, said Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Flora in an online press conference said that one of the newly infected persons recently returned from abroad and three were contacted from foreign returnees, who were earlier detected with the novel coronavirus.

The source of infection of the other person could not be traced, she said.

Meerjady on Wednesday said that community transmission occurred in the country as the sources of infection in two previous cases, who also died, could not be established.

The new five cases were males and aged between 30-60 years. One of them has comorbidity like diabetes and hypertension.

The IEDCR director on Thursday provided reverse information, which she earlier denied repeatedly.

She said that there has been a queue of test seekers, which was rendering many people waiting for the coronavirus tests.

Meerjady time and again said that they have the capacity to tests suspected COVID-19 patients, though people and public health experts questioned the reasons for testing a small number of people.

She said on Thursday said they tested so far 920 people, including 126 in the past 24 hours.

Meerjady said the testing facilities were being decentralised and already tests facilities were installed at the Institute of Public Health in the capital’s Mohakhali, at Dhaka Shishu Hospital in Shyamoli and one centre in Chattogram.

Testing facilities would be installed at all other divisions soon, she said.

She said the hospitals in the capital would collect samples from themselves and carry out the tests at the testing facilities including at the IEDCR.

IEDCR will not collect samples from the hospitals from now, but extend the facility to the suspected patients staying in home quarantine, Meerjady said.

The IEDCR director said the people who went their village home from the capital have to stay 14-day home quarantine likes of the returnees from abroad.

She said those who left the capital for village home might have contacted the virus during their travel.

The government delayed imposing restriction to enter Bangladesh from coronavirus affected countries.

Over 6.5 lakh people entered Bangladesh since January 21 and they were allowed to go home instead of taking them in quarantine.

The government earlier announced 10-day holiday from today, allowing a large number of people to leave the capital for their village homes, exposing them to risks of coronavirus infections.

The city has already taken a deserted look as all modes of public transports were banned to check further spread of the novel virus.



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