Covid-19 now spreads among health workers
Bangladesh has so far confirmed three coronavirus deaths since the outbreak of the deadly pandemic in the country.
In the last 24 hours, six people were tested for coronavirus positive, which is the highest number recorded since the first report of an infection appeared on March 8. The number now stands at 33.
Of the six new known patients – one of whom has died – three are male and three female. One is aged between 20-30, two between 30-40, one between 40-50 and two are above 60 years of age.
“For the first time, a doctor and two nurses, who provided treatment to the coronavirus affected patients, were diagnosed with Covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours,” said the Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Meerjady Sabrina Flora, at an online press briefing on Monday.
The IEDCR streamed a live video conference to avoid journalists’ gathering, fearing the spread of the virus.
At the conference, Sabrina Flora urged everyone to stay home, avoiding any public gathering.
Dhaka tops Covid-19 patients’ list
Most of the infected persons, 15 in number, are found in Dhaka metropolitan area. The second-most vulnerable area is Madaripur district with 10 patients. Narayanganj has three and Gaibandha two patients. Comilla, Gazipur and Chuadanga have one detected patient each.
Meanwhile, a UK-returnee woman died in Moulvibazar on Sunday afternoon, reportedly after suffering from fever and breathing problems. Local administration has put some neighbours and seven health workers in home quarantine. Police are controlling locals’ movement in the area, our correspondent reported.
Although the locals suspect that the woman had Covid-19 infection, Dr Roksana Wahid Rahi, medical officer from the Moulvibazar Civil Surgeon Office, said the cause of her death would be ascertained after testing.
Youths are infected the most
A general idea prevails in the society that young people are not that vulnerable to the virus, but the idea has been dispelled now that the IEDCR has found that of the 33 tested with coronavirus, two are below 10 years old. One was between the 10-20 year age group bracket.
Youths appear to be most vulnerable as nine of the infected are between 21-30 years, with nine from the 31-40 age group. Five were infected from the 41-50 age group. Six were from the 51- 60 age group and one was above 60.
More than half have no recent travel history abroad
The IEDCR, which has conducted all of the 620 blood sample tests to identify the patients, found that out of 33 identified patients only 13 had any recent history of traveling abroad and the rest contracted the disease either from returnees or from being around infected people.
Of the travelers six came from Italy, two were from other European countries, two from the USA, one from Bahrain, one from India and one from Kuwait.
Of the total identified cases so far, five patients recovered and were sent back home after treatment.
When asked, Flora revealed that most of the patients under treatment were stable at the moment except for an elderly person, who had kidney related problems and needed dialysis.
The IEDCR hotline has answered 1716 calls so far, collecting samples directly from 12 persons who came to its office. So far 620 samples have been tested, with 56 in the last 24 hours.
Currently, there are 51 suspected coronavirus patients in isolation facilities and 46 under institutional quarantine.
The fast spreading Covid-19 has claimed more than 14,900 lives and infected over 343,000 globally, according to Worldometer.