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Coronavirus: 2 more infected in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:37 pm March 31st, 2020
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The IEDCR director confirmed that two people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours and a person who died with Covid-19 symptoms tested negative.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed that two more people have been infected with coronavirus in the country in the last 24 hours.

IEDCR Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora made the statement at the daily online press briefing from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Dhaka on Tuesday.

One of the newly infected patients arrived from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is 57 years old and has diabetes. 

IEDCR is still investigating the infection source of the other person who is a 55 year old man without any travel history. He also has diabetes and high blood pressure. 

“Despite being infected, none of the two patients are facing any difficulties. We have ensured their treatment,” she added.

Officially, the Bangladesh government has so far reported 5 deaths and 51 infected by Covid-19.

The daily online briefing also added that six patients have fully recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered to 25 in the country. Among the six who recovered, 4 are male and 2 female, including a female nurse.

“Of the recovered patients, one was a 70 year old man, while the five others were between  30-50 years of age,” Dr Flora said.

17 more people have been sent into isolation, taking the number to 75 in the country.

Till now, 363 people have been placed in isolation countrywide in the Covid-19 pandemic. Of them, 294 people have been released.

But the people who have completed their quarantine period or have recovered from Covid-19 are being socially pressured in many cases. 

It was reported to IEDCR that many people are being forced to remain in quarantine, despite their confinement period being over.

Measures taken by the government

The IEDCR has received 2,509 phone calls concerning Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

Dr Meerjady Flora said: “We want to collect samples from all who have symptoms of Covid-19. We also want to ensure treatment to all so that there is not a single case to cause an outbreak in the society.” 

She said: “Recently a question was raised by the public regarding the death of a person with Covid-19 symptoms. 

“We have collected samples from all the deceased who had symptoms of Covid-19, but all of them tested negative,” she added.

She also mentioned that 140 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of samples tested in the country to 1,602.

Earlier at the briefing, DGHS Director (MIS) Dr Md Habibur Rahman said seven new coronavirus testing centres will become operational by April 5.  

The director said 59,251 people had so far been placed in quarantine, of whom 477 were in institutional quarantine and the rest were in home quarantine.  

666,227 people were screened at all entry points to the country, including 763 people in the last 24 hours. 

So far, 9,08,906 calls were received on all coronavirus hotlines, including the IEDCR hotline. In the last 24 hours, 69,190 calls were reported, he added. 

About emergency medical supplies and equipment, Dr Habibur Rahman said, 3,34,270 kits of personal protective equipment (PPE) had been supplied to doctors and healthcare providers across the country. Enough PPE is in stock and the government plans to procure 1 million more PPE for the future. 

“We have so far got 92,000 Covid-19 test kits, and some 20,000 test kits were distributed among various laboratories,” he added.

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