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Report: BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Covid-19 test returned negative

  • Published at 06:11 pm May 6th, 2021
Khaleda Zia CT scan 15 April 2021
File photo: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who has tested positive for Covid-19, leaves her house in Gulshan, Dhaka to run a CT scan of her chest as a precaution after running a low fever, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The former PM’s family has applied to the govt to take her abroad for treatment

Nearly four weeks after contracting Covid-19, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s test returned negative, according to party sources.

Citing a member of the party’s policymaking standing committee, Bangla Tribune reported on Thursday that the 76-year-old has been tested negative. 

The former prime minister’s family has applied to the government to take her abroad for advanced medical treatment.

Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Thursday that they have received the document from the home ministry and that they would look for provisions to ease the conditions of Khaleda’s release from prison.

BNP on April 11 confirmed that the party chief had tested positive for Covid-19 but was asymptomatic.

She underwent a second Covid-19 test on April 24, and tested positive again. Her blood report and CT scan results were normal at that time.

On April 17, she was admitted to Evercare Hospital in Dhaka city. A 10-member medical board was formed for her the next day. She was moved to the coronary care unit of the hospital on Monday after complaining of breathing issues. 

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences in a corruption case on March 25 last year.

She was released from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) the same day. She has been staying at her Gulshan house since then.

On August 27 last year, the government extended her release for six more months and it was extended again for six months on March 15.

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