Chinese man hospitalised in Bangladesh with fever

China sends 500 detection kits, RMG supply chain not to be hit, says Chinese envoy

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 11:59, Feb 16,2020 | Updated: 00:47, Feb 17,2020


Chinese ambassador Li Jiming addresses a meeting with foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at the ministry in Dhaka on Sunday, February 16, 2020. — Shahidul Islam Chowdhury

A sick Chinese man was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Sunday while the  Chinese ambassador in Bangladesh said that the supply chain of readymade garment raw materials for Bangladesh would not be affected due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Wuhan of China.

Our Rangpur correspondent reported that the 30-year old Chinese male entered Bangladesh on February 4. He was released after the primary tests at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

He joined his workplace, a factory at Uttara Export Processing Zone in Nilphamari district later.

RMCH sources said that he had been suffering from fever, cough and chest pain for the last two days and was attended by local physicians.

He was admitted to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital as his physical condition was deteriorating, Dr Narayan Chandra of the hospital said. 

RMCH director Dr Faridul Islam Chowdhury said that the patient was now undergoing treatment in quarantine at the hospital.

An expert team collected samples from the patient for tests at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka, he said.

Earlier, two China returnee Bangladeshi students were admitted to the RMCH.

One of them was transferred to Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on February 10. The other was released from the RMCH as he was found free from Covid-19 infection. 

In Dhaka, Chinese ambassador Li Jiming on Sunday, at a meeting with foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at the foreign ministry, said that people in China started getting back to their work and the whole supply line would be back on track.

The supply chain for the Bangladesh garment industry will not be affected as Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, is not the place from where RMG materials are sourced, he said, adding that Wuhan was a source of electronic materials.

Ambassador Li said that China sent 500 Covid-19 detection kits to Bangladesh and the supply would reach the country within two days.

The embassy had ordered 500 test kits from Beijing Genomics Institute to enhance Bangladesh’s capacity to detect the coronavirus, he said.

The ambassador appreciated Bangladesh’s responses since the outbreak of the disease as extraordinary, mentioning that there was no travel ban, or restrictions on operations of the air service.

‘Any further restrictions should be very cautious,’ he said.

Foreign minister Momen described the downtrend in trade with China as a ‘temporal blip’ and said that the trade would not be affected  for the coronavirus spread.

He also said that the government was working on bringing 171 more Bangladesh citizens back home from Wuhan in future. ‘The process is on,’ he added. 

Meanwhile, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka advised the 312 Bangladeshis, who were released on Saturday evening following a 14-day quarantine, to follow cautionary measures for   10 more days with respect to infection of Covid-19.

IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Flora on Sunday said that though the 312 people were free from coronavirus infection yet they needed to pass another 10 days under restrictions as a precaution.

They are required to follow for 10 more days some guidelines like avoiding mass people, staying at home unless essential and using mask while going out of home, Meerjady added.

In Singapore, five Bangladesh citizens have so far been infected with the virus, where at least 72 people contracted the disease.

The five Bangladeshi patients worked at the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site till Saturday. None of them has recently visited China.

The spread of the Covid-19 infection has also adversely affected the global trade.

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