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19 March, 2020 01:19:39 AM

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Bangladesh reports first death

Infections rise to 14 with four new cases: IEDCR
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Bangladesh reports first death
Hazrat Shahjalal Int’l Airport in the capital wears almost a deserted look yesterday as frequency of flight operations at the country’s prime airport has been almost halved and coronavirus scare repulsed many others. Photo: Nazmul Islam

Bangladesh yesterday confirmed its first death from coronavirus as four fresh cases were reported, taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus patients in Bangladesh to 14. The first victim was identified as a 70-year-old man who got infected with the virus, officially known as COVID-19, and had multiple complications, said Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) while briefing media at her Mohakhali office in the capital.

Meanwhile, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that Bangladesh will be put in lockdown if necessary to prevent the further spread of coronavirus in the country. IEDCR is developing a mobile app to reduce the pressure on hotlines, said Professor Meerjady adding that as first three of them have been released after recovery and one person died, the remaining 10 patients are now undergoing treatment at hospitals while six suspected others have been kept in isolation.

Meanwhile, China has decided to donate emergency medical supplies, including a large number of test kits, to Bangladesh to fight Covid-19. She also said, “A total of 42 people are now under institutional quarantine and 49 people have been tested in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of people tested for coronavirus in the county stands at 341”, Dr Meerjady informed.

IEDCR developing app for coronavirus

IEDCR is developing a mobile app to reduce the pressure on hotlines set up to address the woes of the patients. “Besides the app, we will also share an email address (iedcrcovid19@gmail.com) and open a Facebook page (IEDCR,COVID-19 Control Room),” IEDCR Director Dr Meerjady said. Urging people to use these three alternative means to contact the IEDCR, she requested hotlines only be called if individuals are unable to use the alternatives. “We get lots of unnecessary phone calls every day. Please call us only in case of emergency,” she further said.

About the dead, the doctor said, “The patient, aged over 70, was suffering from old-age complications including COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart conditions. So, he was already an emergency case...it’s a bad news indeed that we’ve lost a life for the first time in the country from COVID-19. And he came into contact with a returnee from abroad,” she added.

She did not disclose the name of the country he came from.

Dr Meerjady Flora added that four new coronavirus patients, including one female and three males, were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. Among them, one is a family member of a coronavirus-infected person, two travelled from Italy and another travelled from Kuwait. Among those so far infected, four have comorbidity – meaning they have one or more medical conditions.

Coronavirus in Bangladesh has spread to the level of local transmission, according to the IEDCR. “IEDCR received 4,857 calls in the past 24 hours and of them 4,642 were about coronavirus. Besides, 25 people visited IEDCR directly,” said Dr Meerjady.

‘Stern action if home quarantine rule violated’

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has warned that stern legal action will be taken against those returned home from abroad do not follow the government’s instruction on 14-day obligatory quarantine. He said the government does not want to enforce laws against anyone in the initial stage.  “But we’ll be forced to take action if those who have been asked to stay in home quarantine do not obey the health ministry’s instructions,” the minister added. He said this while talking to reporters after inaugurating Bangabandhu Corner at NRBC Bank headquarters in Motijheel on Wednesday and urged those who are in home quarantine to follow instructions in the interest of their country, nation and family.

Patenga, Cox’s Bazar beach closed to public

A ban has been imposed on gathering at Patenga and Cox’s Bazar sea beaches to prevent the further spread of coronavirus in the country. About the ban on visit to Cox’s Bazar, Assistant Police Superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Tourist Police, Fakhrul Islam said, “We are notifying tourists who have already visited the beach. This decision was taken by the government for the public safety and the ban will remain in force until further instructions.

Again, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) imposed a restriction on gathering at Patenga Sea Beach in the port city. Confirming the news, CMP Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman, said additional police personnel have been deployed at two entry points.      The CMP came up with the ban after recent images of a huge number of people gathering at Patenga Beach went viral on social media. The ban will remain effective until further notice, he added.

One held for spreading rumour

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested a man from Kazir Dewri area in the city for spreading rumour over Coronavirus through Facebook. The arrestee was identified as Quamrul Hasan Rumi, 39, son of Abul Basar, a resident of Halishahar area. Tipped off, a team of Rab-7 conducted a drive in the area and arrested Rumi around 11:30pm for spreading rumour over Coronavirus by uploading a video on his Facebook page, said Media officer of RAB-7, ASP Mahmudul Hasan. In the video, Rumi stated that four students of Halishahar Cantonment Public School and College were affected by the deadly coronavirus, which is not true, said Mashqur Rahman, operation officer of RAB-7.

UNB adds: China has decided to donate emergency medical supplies, including a large number of test kits, to Bangladesh to fight coronavirus or Covid-19.  The Chinese Embassy in Dhaka informed relevant ministries about the support for the Bangladeshi people.

“In curbing the epidemic, China has always been and will be the most reliable partner of Bangladesh,” said the Embassy yesterday.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs here has also been informed about the offer to provide medical logistics to assist Bangladesh contain the spread of coronavirus.

This Chinese Emergency Humanitarian Aid Project includes coronavirus test kits for 10,000 people, 15,000 surgical N95 respirators (medical N95 mask), 10,000 medical protective clothing and 1,000 infrared thermometers.  China said it will be responsible for the manufacturing and air transportation of the medical logistics.

Once they arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Bangladesh will be responsible for customs clearance, taking delivery, transferring transportation, storage and completing any relevant procedures, an official told UNB.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been requested to forward the information to concerned ministries and get prepared to receive the logistics.

According to the Chinese Embassy, the coronavirus test kits need cold storage facility when being transported, which means once the test kits arrive at the airport, a prompt customs clearance and transferring transportation with refrigeration equipment be required.

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