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Locals block Uttara hospital for reportedly treating coronavirus patients

  • Published at 09:55 am March 23rd, 2020
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The incident took place on Sunday night

Locals have laid siege to a hospital in Uttara of Dhaka for reportedly treating coronavirus patients in the residential area.

Agitated residents took to the streets in Uttara Sector 11 around 8pm on Sunday and staged demonstrations, blocking a road in front of the Regent Hospital Ltd.

Locals said the hospital authorities have made an agreement with the government for treating patients infected with coronavirus and keeping them in isolation unit.

During their demonstration, the residents also got into an argument with the hospital authorities over the agreement.

Uttara west police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Tapan Chandra Saha said they went to the spot upon being informed about the matter and brought the situation under control.

He said: "The hospital authorities did have an agreement with the Health Ministry for providing treatment to patients infected with coronavirus. We have checked their documents.

"We will inform the ministry and the Directorate General of Health Services [DGHS] about the matter. They will take the final decision," he added.

It was not learnt immediately whether the hospital authorities provided treatment to any Covid-19 patient or not. 

Bangladesh has so far recorded two deaths and 27 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 14,600 lives and infected over 337,000 people across the world, according to Worldometer.