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One new case as four patients recover

4 with ‘COVID-19 symptoms’ die
One new case as four patients recover

Another person tested positive for coronavirus in the country, taking the total number of cases to 49 while four COVID-19 patients recovered yesterday. According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), 19 out of the total 49 patients have recovered so far while five died and the remaining 25 are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

"Samples of 153 patients were tested in the last 24 hours where a 20-year-old woman was found positive.

A total of 1,338 tests have been performed till date," Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the IEDCR, said in an online video briefing. 32 people are still in institutional quarantine while 62 are in isolation, she added. “Four patients, including a doctor and a nurse, recovered from the virus infection, bringing the total number of cured

patients to 19. Among the newly recovered patients, one is eighty years old while two others are in their sixties,” the IEDCR director said.

“Three of them had prior health complications like asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Two of the recovered patients were being treated at home,” she added.

Some 955,435 people have contacted IEDCR hotlines till now and IEDCR received 4,725 calls in the last 24 hours.

Dr Meerjady warned the people not to think that they are risk-free at the moment as the country reported no new deaths or new cases for two consecutive days (Saturday and Sunday).

She said, “We came to know that many people went outside from their homes yesterday (Sunday) which is very risky.”

“It is a global crisis. We cannot term the situation risk free and have to continue our effort until the infection rate goes down to zero across the world,” she added.

Bangladesh praised by WHO, UN over tackling virus: Health Minister

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) have praised Bangladesh for its measures to fight the fast-spreading COVID-19 or novel coronavirus,  Health Minister Zahid Maleque said.

“WHO and UN have lauded our efforts. We want no one to be deprived of medical care,” he said joining the IEDCR’s online briefing from his residence.

 Mentioning that there is no shortage of coronavirus testing kits in the country, the minister said enough arrangements are in place for test. “There’s no shortage of treatment, kits and PPE (personal protective equipment) to tackle the coronavirus. There’s also enough arrangement for test,” he said.

The minister underscored the need for using PPE in a proper way so that those are not damaged. Claiming that some of the physicians are working properly, he urged all doctors to come forward in this regard.

Zahid Maleque said 11 laboratories have already been set up for coronavirus test and a decision has been taken to establish 19 more. “Those who would collect samples at these labs were given special training,” he said.

He also said 200 intensive care units have been kept ready in a number of hospitals, including Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital.

Six virus testing labs in Dhaka: DGHS

During the briefing, Dr Md Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System (MIS) of the DGHS said, “92,000 kits for Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test have been collected. Of those, 20,000 test kits were distributed among various health institutions. PCR tests are being conducted at six hospitals in Dhaka currently. PCR test will begin in Mymensingh and Rangpur today (Monday), in Rajshahi within two days and in Khulna, Barishal within a week.”

“Some 6,200 isolation beds are ready in different hospitals across the country. 214 patients are in institutional quarantine and a total of 26,023 people are in quarantine across the country,” he added.

Habibur Rahman also said, “At present 41,930 personal protective equipment are in hand and 10 lakh more PPE will be collected soon.”

Auto-rickshaw driver dies in Kushtia

A man died yesterday in Kushtia after suffering from symptoms of coronavirus infection for three days. The man is around 40 years old and was an autorickshaw driver living in Chaurahas area in the district.

Nine people, including two doctors and five staff of Sadar Hospital in Kushtia, were kept in quarantine while 8 to 10 houses in the neighbourhood of the deceased were put under lockdown following the death.

The victim had developed a cough from Friday and it turned worse along with respiratory complications. The breathing difficulties steadily worsened and turned critical and he fell unconscious, Tapas Kumar Sarkar, resident medical officer (RMO) of Kushtia General Hospital, quoted family members of the deceased.

The patient was brought to the emergency department of the hospital around 7:00am yesterday and was declared dead on arrival. Samples from the victim’s body were being collected as this might be a coronavirus case, the RMO said.

Though family of the deceased did not come into contact with any overseas returnees, he might have contracted the virus from a passenger, Tapas added saying, “We will hand the body over to the civil surgeon after the sample collection.”

Civil surgeon of Kushtia, HM Anwarul Islam said the body of the deceased would be buried in accordance with the guidelines of the IEDCR.

Child dies in isolation in Jashore

A 12-year-old girl, kept in institutional quarantine, died at an isolation ward of Jashore General Hospital yesterday morning.

Local authorities have locked down five houses in Chowgachha upazila of the district after the girl’s death with symptoms similar to that of coronavirus infection.

The resident doctor of Jashore General Hospital Arif Ahmed said, “The girl was taken to the hospital at 4.30 pm on Sunday. We kept her in the isolation unit after seeing coronavirus symptoms. IEDCR was supposed to collect her samples today, but she died on 6.30am today (Monday).”

Gautam Acharya, head of the coronavirus related physicians’ committee of the hospital, said, “We admitted her on suspicion of having coronavirus. We were in contact with IEDCR about this case.”

Assistant director of Jashore General Hospital, Harun Ur Rashid said, “IEDCR ruled out the possibility of the presence of coronavirus upon hearing the symptoms of the girl. They told us to hand over the body to the family. We are taking necessary measures accordingly.”

But the civil surgeon said they could not find the family at the hospital following the death. According to the hospital registrar, the girl hailed from Enayetpur village in Sadar upazila of Jashore.

Man dies in Dinajpur

A 40-year-old man with symptoms of coronavirus infection died at his house in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur. The man returned home from Comilla 10 to 12 days back with fever and cold and died yesterday.

At least 150 people of 30 families have been home-quarantined after the man died with symptoms similar to that of Covid-19 infection.

The deceased was identified as Forhad Hossain, 42, who used to work as an arable land caretaker at the house of a Saudi expatriate in Cumilla.

Dinajpur district Civil Surgeon, Dr Abdul kuddus said, “We have contacted IEDCR to collect his swab sample for further confirmation and until then his family members will be kept in quarantine. We have also suggested putting the whole Toposhi village in quarantine “, he said.

After Forhad’s employer returned home from Saudi Arabia around two weeks ago, he started suffering from cold and fever and eventually went home.

He consulted a village physician for treatment instead of visiting a certified doctor at the Birampur Upazila Health Complex. Later, he breathed his last at his home in the upazila’s Jotbani union yesterday.

Worker dies in Sherpur

A construction worker died on Sunday night after suffering from fever and shortness of breath— symptoms similar to that of Covid-19 infection—in South Palashikura village of Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur. The administration has announced lockdown on several houses, including the construction worker’s house, on suspicion of coronavirus infection.

Relatives of the deceased said the construction worker returned to the village in Nalitabari from Baluka of Mymensingh three days ago.

District Civil Surgeon Dr. AKM Anwarur Rauf said a local medical team went there to collect samples from the deceased. The burial of the dead will be completed after collecting the samples, he said.

Manikganj village in lockdown

The upazila administration has put Boroichhara village of Harirampur upazila of Manikganj district under lockdown after a woman with Covid-19 symptoms died on Sunday.

Harirampur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sabina Yasmin announced the lockdown on Sunday noon. The announcement came after the 26-year-old woman of Boroichhara village, suffering from fever, cough and diarrhoea, died at Munnu Medical College Hospital in the district.

Contacted, UNO Sabina Yasmin said: “We have sent blood samples to the IEDCR for testing. The village will remain under lockdown until the reports reach us.”

She also added that during the lockdown, villagers will get all out help from the administration.

8 more Bangladeshis die in New York in 24 hrs

Eight more Bangladeshis died of COVID-19 in New York of US in the last 24 hours.

The deceased were identified as Kaykobad, Shafikur Rahman Majumdar, Azizur Rahman, Mirza Huda, Bijit Kumar Saha, Md Shipon Hossain, Jayed Alam and Mutabbir Chowdhury.

With this, at least 23 expatriate Bangladeshis died of COVID-19 in USA.

Icddr,b to conduct Covid-19 tests

The authorities have permitted the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) to start testing Covid-19 suspects.

“We are in discussion with the government on whom to test, how to test, and what to do with the report,” AKM Tariful Islam Khan, media manager of communications at Icddr,b said.

Despite the fact that Icddr,b has been allowed to conduct tests, the testing mechanism and the process between government and the Icddr,b is yet to be finalized, said an Icddr,b official.

“The Icddr,b may provide lab support to the government, instead of providing testing facilities to the general people,” he said.

As of March 28, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR) was the sole authority to test the suspects.

With the new addition, along with icddr,b, three other institutions in Dhaka – Institute of Public Health, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, and IEDCR are conducting the tests for the coronavirus suspects.

BSMMU establishes ‘fever clinic’ at Betar Bhaban

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has established a “fever clinic” at Bangladesh Betar Bhaban in city’s Shahbagh area.

Physicians are regularly providing services at the “clinic”, set up at the ground floor of Betar Bhaban, BSMMU revealed this information in a press release.

People who are suffering from fever, cold, and cough can get treatment at the establishment between 8:30am-2:00pm.

Emergency services at the outdoors will remain open 8:00am to 2:30pm.

The laboratory will be dedicated to running tests to detect Covid-19.

BSMMU has also introduced several helplines to lower the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Patients can now call and take services from different departments like medicine (01406426437, 01406426438), surgery (01406426439), ear, nose and throat (01406426440), gynecology (01406426442), pediatrics (01984519525, 01951820843) and disease of the chest (01406426441) between 8:30am-2:00pm, the press release stated.

US-Bangla Airlines to supply free PPE

US-Bangla Airlines has announced that it will supply free personal protective equipment (PPE) to all medical college hospitals in Bangladesh till the global coronavirus outbreak ends.

In their own flights US-Bangla will bring the PPE, made according to the WHO’s guidelines, from China. Directors of all medical college hospitals across Bangladesh can call the hotline number  01929417306 to place orders and the airline authorities will supply the equipment.

US-Bangla Airlines Managing Director Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun said, “During the global coronavirus outbreak, doctors and nurses need to have adequate protection to provide services to the patients. For this, we have decided to stand beside health care workers by providing them with PPE.”

Coronavirus testing equipment reach Sylhet, Khulna hospitals

 Coronavirus testing machines and related equipment were sent to Sylhet’s MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital yesterday morning.

Brig Gen Md Yunusur Rahman, director of the hospital, said the RT-PCR machine and other equipment arrived around 8:30am.

“We are expecting that it will possible to set up a lab within a week and tests will be carried out here,” he said, adding that doctors will be trained.

A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing machine reached the Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) on yesterday morning.  KMCH Director Dr ATM Manzur Morshed said it will take one week for the installment of the machine and other relevant works.

The local administration initiated a process to collect samples of suspected infected people from their homes, said Civil Surgeon Dr Sujat Ahmed. 




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