Panchagarh prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:45, May 08,2020 | Updated: 01:25, May 09,2020


An under-trial prisoner of the Panchagarh jail tested positive for COVID-19, prison officials said on Friday.

Panchagarh jailor Shafiqul Alam told New Age that the 55-year inmate from Thakurgaon was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the early hours of Friday.

He complained of suffering from asthma and respiratory problem on Monday and his samples were sent for COVID-19 tests.

The jailor said that the inmate had been in the Panchagarh district jail since March 3.

Four others inmates of the jail are quarantined because of their close contact with the infected inmate, he said.

There are 228 prisoners in the jail. Earlier, a 60-year old convicted prisoner and 22 guards of the Dhaka Cental Jail, and a physician of Brahmanbaria District Jail were infected with coronavirus.

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