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23 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 February, 2020 01:21:38 AM
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COVID-19 outbreak

Bangladeshi man infected in UAE

IEDCR asks Bangladesh embassies to stay cautious
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

A 39-year old Bangladeshi man has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Friday. The ministry reported one more infection, taking the total coronavirus cases in the country to 11 with three making full recovery, according to a Gulf News report.

“The two new cases included a 34-year-old Filipino and a 39-year-old Bangladeshi. They were in direct contact with the Chinese patient recently diagnosed with coronavirus and are now in a stable health condition,” the ministry announcement said.

The ministry is taking all necessary and precautionary measures, including investigating, examining and following up on those who were in contact with the patients, in cooperation with health authorities in the country, it said.

In Singapore, five Bangladeshis were infected with coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry of that country.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) yesterday warned against spread of baseless rumour on coronavirus and said there was still no virus infection in the country.

Talking to The Independent, director of IEDCR Prof. Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, said, “Though there is no coronavirus

in Bangladesh’s animals and birds, everybody should refrain from consuming the meat of sick animals and birds. It is a matter of concern that worries about the virus are spreading through social media like Facebook. Such rumours would threaten the efforts of the public health authorities to identify coronavirus patients.”

Bangladeshi embassies located abroad have been asked to be careful and advised to take additional steps in respect of the virus of Chinese origin.

“Everybody should obtain information from reliable sources regarding coronavirus. One must be careful and not spread rumours among the people about the China virus,” Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora added.  She urged all concerned to first contact the IEDCR hotline and carry out activities as per the IEDCR’s recommendations about the virus. If a patient is found, he or she will be taken into isolation immediately, she added. The IEDCR director disclosed, “There is no special treatment for coronavirus. But in many cases, physicians are doing CT scan (computed tomography scan) test after getting the same type of symptoms of coronavirus as a precautionary measure. However, this is not mandatory for all.” Three infectious disease hospitals in the city have been kept ready for coronavirus treatment, she said, adding that the hospitals need to expand their capacity.  According to sources in the foreign ministry, Bangladesh’s embassies are refusing to issue visas to foreigners, especially those who have recently returned from China. Besides, embassies are also trying to make their services go online as much as possible due to the China virus. The foreign ministry advised Bangladesh officials to conduct embassy activities as safely as possible. They have even been advised not to leave the embassy premises if there is no urgent need and have been asked to use the necessary protection materials, including masks, ministry sources said. Bangladesh’s missions have especially been asked to follow these instructions properly in countries like China, Singapore and Japan, where the coronavirus has already been exposed.

Bangladesh is very concerned about the safety of Bangladeshis living in China and the officials are trying to stay close to those who are communicating with the embassy, foreign ministry sources said. The sources further said that if the outbreak of this deadly China virus starts, it will be very difficult for countries like Bangladesh to deal with it. The sources added that medical reports are being sought for giving visas to foreigners in Bangladesh and visas are being issued only after he or she shows they are fully healthy.

 

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