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Health minister: No case of coronavirus detected in Bangladesh yet

  • Published at 04:28 pm January 28th, 2020
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File photo: Pictures uploaded to social media by the Central Hospital of Wuhan show medical staff attending to patients, in Wuhan, China on January 25, 2020 Reuters

The government is careful regarding the outbreak and steps have been taken to stop the spread, he said  

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has said the government has taken steps to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in the country.

He said this while addressing a press conference after an inter-ministerial meeting held at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Tuesday.

"The virus is very contagious. It can spread in Bangladesh via carriers such as rats, bats and other animals. We are working sincerely so that the virus cannot spread in the country," he said.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque at a press conference after an inter-ministerial meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | PID"Meanwhile, we sent letters to land and airports in this regard."

The Wuhan city under central Hubei province of China is at the heart of conoravirus' outbreak, which has killed more than 100 so far. 

The minister said there are many Bangladeshi students in Wuhan, but none of them has been infected with the virus so far. 

"If they want to return home, we will bring them back. But the Chinese government is not allowing any country to take their citizens back to own countries due to a 14-day moratorium as part of its procedures," he added.

He said the government has not imposed any ban on travelling to China, but the citizens are advised to avoid travelling the country without any urgency.  

He said the government is careful regarding the outbreak, but there is nothing to panic about as no case of coronavirus infection has been detected in Bangladesh.

When asked about the condition of the Chinese man who is undergoing treatment in the capital's United Hospital, he said the medical investigation was performed but the report was yet to be available.