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2 returnees from China admitted to BITID

  • Published at 06:33 pm January 31st, 2020
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The due returned home from China on January 24

Two Bangladeshi students who have returned from China have been admitted to Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) in Chittagong with high-fever.

After returning home from China on January 24, the duo, residents of Hathazari and Raozan upazilas, were admitted to BITID on January 29 to check whether they have been infected with highly-contagious coronavirus or not.

After their return, the students contacted the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) that advised them to go to the BITID, Prof Dr MA Hassan Chowdhury, director of BITID, told Dhaka Tribune on Friday.

"They were admitted here with flu-like symptoms," he said, adding: "We have collected necessary samples from them and sent those to IEDCR. We will take next course of action after getting the reports." 

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency as the death toll from the new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday.

International alarm over the new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, in December, is driven by its rapid spread and the fact that infectious disease experts cannot yet know how deadly or contagious it is.