The number of labs in the country now stands at 31
To increase Covid-19 testing, the government has installed three new laboratories to collect and test samples of coronavirus in Bangladesh.
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Additional Director General (Administration), Prof Nasima Sultana, announced the new laboratories at a daily online bulletin on the coronavirus situation on Friday.
The three new labs have been installed at Central Police Hospital, the National Institute of Preventive & Social Medicine (NIPSOM), and Sir Salimullah Medical College, all located in Dhaka.
The number of labs in the country now stands at 31.
The health authorities collected 5,958 samples across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours and analyzed 5,573 of the samples in these 31 labs.
Earlier, the government also allowed three private hospitals in Dhaka -- Evercare Hospitals Ltd (formerly Apollo Hospitals), Square Hospitals Ltd and United Hospitals Ltd -- for testing samples of suspected Covid-19 samples.
On Thursday, Nasima Sultana said the number of labs can increase in the days ahead. Labaid Specialized Hospital and Ibn Sina Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, as well as TMSS Medical College and Rafatullah Community Hospital in Bogra, have also sought permission to run the tests.
The DGHS additional director general also said that any private hospital which fulfils out conditions, including that of having a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab, will be cleared for tests like those already approved.
On the same day, the country’s first private coronavirus testing laboratory, funded by Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, was inaugurated in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj, one of the worst affected areas in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has confirmed 170 deaths and 8,238 cases of Covid-19 as of Friday, since the first infection was reported on March 8.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 234,392 lives and infected 3,320,541 people across the world till 3:20pm today, according to Worldometer.
As many as 1,049,259 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 212 countries and territories across the planet.