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6 April, 2020 00:00 00 AM

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One more dies as 18 new COVID-19 cases found

Virus now at cluster-based transmission level: IEDCR
MUBTASIM FUAD, Dhaka
One more dies as 18 new COVID-19 cases found

Bangladesh recorded its highest 24-hour increase in coronavirus positive cases yesterday with 18 new patients, taking the total number of cases to 88. The disease control agency of the country also announced one casualty yesterday, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to nine.

With the increase in the number of tests, the number of infected cases appears to have also increased. The new patients were identified yesterday after conducting 367 coronavirus tests. On Saturday, 434 tests were conducted, while 513 tests were done on Friday.

“Bangladesh today (Sunday) confirmed 18 new cases and one more death from the novel coronavirus. The deceased was a 55-year-old male from Narayanganj. This raises the total number of deaths from the virus to nine,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque disclosed at a online press briefing yesterday.

Also speaking at the briefing, Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, “The IEDCR conducted 367 coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours and 18 were diagnosed as positive. Three patients have been cured and returned home in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total cured to 33. At present, there are 46 active patients. Of them, 32 are receiving treatment at different hospitals and 14 are being treated at home,” she said.

“Of the new patients, 13 were detected through tests conducted by IEDCR and five were detected at different hospitals. Fifteen of them are male and three are female. Twelve of the new patients are from the capital's Mirpur area, five are from Narayanganj, and one is from Madaripur," she said.

"The Basabo region is also at high risk as we found a virus cluster there. The virus is now at the cluster-based transmission level in the country,” the IEDCR director said.

Coronavirus tests are currently being conducted by 14 health organisations, she added.

At the same briefing, Dr Abul Kalam Azad,

director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said: “Ten more people have been placed in isolation units. At present, 84 people are in isolation at different hospitals in the country.”

“Some 219 people returned home from different countries around the world in the last 24 hours. All of them went through screening tests at the airport,” he added.

The health minister said, “The coronavirus testing process has been expanded across the country. Globally, the GeneXpert machine and hexachloroquine are expected to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. We too are prepared to provide these for coronavirus patients.”

He also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for announcing a stimulus package to deal with the impact of the virus.

He acknowledged that the return of readymade garments factory workers to the capital amid the coronavirus crisis was a terrible development.

“This is not good given the current situation. We will make sure this does not happen again. The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) are not under the Health Services Directorate. So, we cannot control their actions,” he said.

The minister also responded to a question regarding whether the workers gathering in the capital pose a risk of the virus spreading. “The industries ministry should have controlled the situation. The health ministry cannot decide on the matter,” he said.

5 coronavirus clusters identified

IEDCR has identified five clusters of coronavirus infections across the country. “There are two clusters in Dhaka—at Tolarbag and Basabo—and one each in Narayanganj, Madaripur, and Gaibandha,” said IEDCR director Dr Meerjady.

“IEDCR has kept the Basabo and Tolarbag areas in Mirpur under its supervision, as 20 people found infected with the coronavirus were from there. Of them, 11 patients have been detected at Tolarbag and nine at Bashabo,” she added..

Dr Meerjady revealed that all 20 patients were infected recently and represented cases of cluster transmission. “We are now collecting samples from other residents of the areas for regular tests,” she said.

“In Narayanganj, 11 positive cases have been detected,” she added.

Biman suspends all flights until April 14

All international and domestic flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will remain suspended until April 14 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Mokabbir Hossain, managing director of the national flag carrier, confirmed this.

On March 21, Bangladesh cancelled international flights with 10 countries until March 31. On March 28, the suspension was extended to April 7 to stop transmission of the virus. On March 26, Bangladesh suspended flights to all countries, except the UK and China, until April 15. Later, the flights to London and Manchester were cancelled as well.

Another patient dies in DMCH isolation

Another COVID-19 patient, 50, died in the isolation unit of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) at 2pm yesterday. He came from Vijayanagar in Brahmanbaria.

Another patient had died in the isolation ward on Saturday.

So, two patients died in the last 48 hours in the DMCH isolation ward.

25 families in Mirpur under lockdown after 2 got infected with coronavirus

Two persons of the same family have been infected with the coronavirus in Mirpur-1 in Dhaka. IEDCR have taken the patients in custody.

Mirpur police station OC Mostafizur Rahman said: “The patients were suffering from fever, runny nose, cough, and respiratory problems. IEDCR took them away this morning after they tested positive for the coronavirus.”

Two apartment buildings and one tin-shed building have been kept under lockdown after the patients were diagnosed with the virus. In total, 25 families live in the buildings.

“People have been made aware of the fact by announcement through loudspeakers. No one is being allowed to enter those houses. But one person from each family can get outside in protected clothing for emergency purposes. Policemen have been deployed to control any movement in front of the houses,” added Mostafizur rahman.

Manikganj’s Singair municipal area under lockdown

The local administration has put the Singair municipal area of Manikganj under lockdown as a Tabligh member found positive for the coronavirus.

“A group of 13 Tabligh members, including the infected coronavirus patient, stayed at two local madrasas from March 24,” said Singair UNO Runa Laila.

“One of the Tabligh members went to IEDCR for further tests after getting early coronavirus symptoms. He was found to have the coronavirus. That person, aged around 60 years, is a resident of Nagarkanda upazila of Faridpur,” she added.

The infected patient went to Azimpur Nayadangi Baitul Mamur and Markazul Maa Arif Wad-da-Wah Madrasas to attend the religious gathering.  

Twelve other members, six local members, and his family members, have been placed in home quarantine.

The UNO also confirmed that the Singair municipal area has been put under lockdown since yesterday morning. The administration will help people get their daily essentials.

Four more Bangladeshis die of coronavirus in UK

Four more Bangladeshis have died of the coronavirus in the UK in the last two days.

The deceased were identified as Haji Mansur Khan of Sunamganj, Dilal Ahmed of Sylhet, Ershad Mia of Moulvibazar, and Rupjan Bibi of Sylhet.

With this, the death toll of Bangladeshi immigrants in the UK reaches 27.

Ex-Moulvibazar MP Sirajul dies from coronavirus in US

Former Moulvibazar MP Md Sirajul Islam died of the coronavirus in the US on Saturday evening. He was undergoing treatment at Elmhurst Hospital in New York, where he passed away at 6pm (local time), according to a media release issued yesterday by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Sirajul, a former MP of the Moulvibazar-1 constituency, also served as the president of Awami League’s Barlekha upazila unit and upazila chairman.

Narayanganj physician tests positive

A physician who runs a chamber at a private clinic in the district town has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Civil surgeon Dr Md Imtiaj confirmed the development. He, however, declined to disclose details, saying that the doctor was not a resident of the district.

The physician is being treated at the Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka.

Meanwhile, a trader died with fever and cough in the district town in the wee hours of Saturday.

Citing reports, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Ali, health officer of the Narayanganj City Corporation, said he died after suffering a cardiac arrest. “Although doctors confirmed that the death was due to a cardiac arrest, we’ve asked 13 people who had come in contact with the deceased to go on home quarantine,” he added.

Farmer dies after having fever, respiratory problems in Cumilla

 

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