State minister for water resources and ruling Awami League lawmaker Zaheed Farooque tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted to a hospital in the capital.
Confirming the matter, the ministry public relations officer Asif Ahmed told New Age that asymptomatic COVID-19 patent Zaheed admitted to Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka on Wednesday.
He said that 70-year-old Zaheed, also Barisal-5 Awami League lawmaker, was found COVID-19 positive recently after he was tested by the parliament medical centre.
With Zaheed, at least 14 Awami League lawmakers and their family members have so far tested positive.
The other ruling party lawmakers to be tested COVID-19 positive are Khandker Mosharraf Hossain for Faridpur-3, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq for Gazipur-1, Mohammed Nasim for Sirajganj-1, Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs minister Bir Bahadur U Shwe Sing for Bandarban, M Abdus Shahid Maulvibazar-4, Moslem Uddin Ahmed for Chittagong-8, Shahiduzzaman Sarker for Naogaon-2, Mohammad Ebadul Karim for Brahmanbaria-5, Mustafizur Rahman Chowdhury for Chittagong-16, Faridul Hoque Khan Dulal for Jamalpur-2, Enamul Haque for Rajshahi-4, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for Narail-2 and reserved seat for women lawmaker Ferdosi Islam.
Of them, Mohammed Nasim died on June 12 at a city hospital where he was admitted with COVID-19 symptoms and later tested positive.
On June 14, technocrat state minister for religious affairs Sheikh M Abdullah died of COVID-19 at CMH, Dhaka.
Former Awami League lawmaker of the Bogura-Jaipurhat reserved seat for women Kamrun Nahar Putul died on May 22, former Awami League lawmaker from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur-Dhanmondi constituency Mockbul Hossain died at CMH on May 25, former state minister for finance and planning and Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Anwarul Kabir Talukder died at CMH on June 14 and former Jatiya Party lawmaker from Bogura-5 constituency Shahjahan Ali Talukder died at CMH on June 28.
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