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27 March, 2020 12:33:11 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 27 March, 2020 10:36:13 AM


Stay at home for 14 days

IEDCR urges those visiting village homes
Stay at home for 14 days

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) yesterday requested those who left Dhaka following the closure of all educational institutions and offices to remain in home-quarantine for 14 days. IEDCR director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora made the remarks while addressing an online press briefing.

She urged people to follow the government guidelines.

She said people must not go outside and maintain social distancing. With five more people, all of them male, tested positive, the number of novel coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Bangladesh increased to 44 in the last 24 hours. One of them recently returned from abroad and three others have been infected by their family members. An expat has also been tested positive.

IEDCR is seeking information on another suspected COVID-19 case.

At the same time, four more patients have recovered, taking the tally of patients fully recovered to 11.

Currently, the number of active cases in the country is 33. The death toll from the disease has remained unchanged at five.  Dr Meerjady said 126 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 920. Also, IEDCR received 3,321 coronavirus-related calls during that time. Now, 28 people are taking treatment at different hospitals, she added.

Dr Meerjady said that four more testing facilities for the coronavirus will be set up in Dhaka. The new testing facilities will be set up at the Institute of Public Health, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, and Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital. Another testing centre will be established at the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical

and Infectious Diseases in Chattogram.

She also said that more institutions at the divisional level will be added to the list soon.

According to IEDCR, it is now testing more and more people for the deadly virus. Earlier, only foreign returnees and their family members were being tested. Now, other patients, especially elderly persons showing symptoms of pneumonia, are being tested.

The IEDCR director said that they have also extended their sample collection system. Previously, only IEDCR teams used to collect the samples, but the staff of the new facilities will collect the samples and sent those to IEDCR from now on.

Dr Meerjady also urged people not to panic in case of a normal cold and cough. She suggested that people should call health service numbers to get suggestions.

New hunting number added

People are requested to call two hotlines—01944333222 & 10655—that will divert the calls to the available 17 helpline numbers of IEDCR and NSU Public Health Department. Also, people can reach out to IEDCR via email and Facebook. IEDCR has also opened numbers in districts.

COVID-19 suspect dies in Khulna

A man, who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient, died in Khulna Medical College Hospital yesterday after complaining of breathing difficulties. Mostahidur Rahman, 45, died while undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital, confirmed ATM Manjur Morshed, director of the hospital.

Before he was brought to Khulna, Mostahidur was in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Dhaka for thyroid surgery and was in a bed next to a person who died of COVID-19.

The director said that the deceased was discharged by the private hospital and was asked to stay in home quarantine but he went to Khulna Medical College Hospital with thyroid surgery infection on Wednesday without informing authorities about his previous exposure.

Police attacked for stopping religious gathering

Two policemen in Bogura were beaten up for trying to stop a religious gathering being held. The incident was reported from the  Sultanganjpar on Wednesday night, confirmed SM Badiuzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar police station.

The gathering was arranged on the occasion of the death anniversary of Sirajul Haque Chisti, a local religious leader. His devotees gathered at his shrine despite the police warning.

Around 9:30pm, upashohor police outpost in-charge Nannu Khan and assistant superintendent inspector Jahidul Islam went to the spot to break up the gathering.

But the devotees put them in a room and beat them up. Later, Sanatan Chakraborty, additional superintendent of Bogura Sadar Circle, led a police team to the scene. But they too were attacked by the devotees. The police then broke through doors and arrested several people, including Rahul Gazi, organiser of the gathering, and former upazila councilor Nurul Amin Noor.

Bangladesh suspends flights to all countries except China, UK

Bangladesh yesterday suspended flights to all countries, except the UK and China, until April 15. The flight operation with Bangkok will remain suspended from midnight.

Flights to and from Hong Kong will be suspended from March 29. Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman confirmed this.

On March 21, international commercial passenger flights with 10 countries—Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, and Bahrain—were suspended.

1,297 returnees quarantined in Bagerhat

A total of 1,297 people, who have recently returned from different countries, are currently in home-quarantine in Bagerhat.

Among them, 730 were sent to home-quarantine in the last two days, said Bagerhat police super Pankaj Chandra Roy. A total of 3,833 people returned home from abroad in the district from March 10 to March 25.

IEDCR collects samples from suspected patients in Gaibandha

A team from IEDCR collected samples from suspected coronavirus patients in Gaibandha.

A four-member medical team, led by Sohel Rahman, came to Gaibandha and inspected the movements of suspected patients in Sadullapur, Sundarganj, Gobindaganj, and Gaibandha Sadar, said Hafizur Rahman, a medical officer at the civil surgeon’s office.

The team also collected blood and nasal swabs from the suspected patients, he added.

The IEDCR team has also identified 105 people who had come into close contact with the patients.

On March 22, two US-returnees were diagnosed with the coronavirus, triggering panic throughout Sadullapur upazila.




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