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2 more coronavirus cases confirmed in Bangladesh

A total of 10 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 in Bangladesh

Update : 17 Mar 2020, 12:48 PM

Two new Covid-19 patients have been confirmed in Bangladesh, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 10.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) disclosed the matter at a press briefing on Tuesday.

The IEDCR also said both of the two new confirmed cases were male, where one was an expat who returned recently while the other had contracted the virus from an expat returnee.

However, of the 10, the first three patients have recovered fully and been released, according to IEDCR Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

She also said till now, 16 people have been placed under isolation while 43 people were under institutional quarantine. 

Dr Flora also noted that 150 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds have been readied in Dhaka as a precaution to the global outbreak.

The IEDCR confirmed that till now 277 people in Bangladesh underwent testing for novel coronavirus Covid-19.

Although the government has not disclosed the exact number of coronavirus testing kits in the country, authorities concerned have ensured that they have acquired enough kits to test suspected patients and have taken necessary measures to combat the deadly virus.

The testing criteria for coronavirus include symptoms of fever, cold, coughing, sore throat and anyone who had returned home from abroad, or anyone with a family member returning home from aboard recently. 

Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, has killed over 7,000 people around the world.

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora speaks at a press briefing on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneAs of now, over 182,726 people have been infected by the strain, which spread from China’s Wuhan city at the end of December last year.

The government on March 14 had prohibited all incoming flights from Europe, except the United Kingdom, till March 31.

Later, on Monday, the government made 14-day home quarantine mandatory for anyone arriving here from abroad.

The same day, the government declared that all educational institutions under the Ministry of Education across Bangladesh will be shut from March 18 till 31, in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Besides, all cinema halls around Bangladesh are going into lockdown mode from March 18 to April 2.

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