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Two more cases as six recover

5 with ‘COVID-19 symptoms’ die
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Two more cases as six recover

Two more novel coronavirus cases were detected in the country yesterday, taking the total number of cases to 51, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said. The institute also revealed that six more Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. With this, a total of 25 COVID-19 patients have so far made recovery from the disease.

“Two coronavirus patients were detected after performing 140 tests in the last 24 hours,” Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the IEDCR, said at a video briefing.

“Among the newly-diagnosed patients, one is a 57-year-old Saudi Arabia returnee and another is 55-year-old man with no recent history of travelling abroad. They both are receiving treatment at hospitals. The 55-year old patient has diabetes and hypertension. We are trying to find how he got infected,” she said, adding that both are doing well.

“Six patients, including one 70 year old and a nurse, recovered from the infection. Four of them are male and two female,” Dr Meerjady added.

According to a DGHS press release, a total of 1,602 tests have been performed till date.

The IEDCR received 2,509 calls in the last 24 hours. A total of 95 people are still in institutional quarantine while 71 are in isolation, it said.

Recent deaths with COVID-19 symptoms not due to coronavirus infection

Novel Coronavirus was not found in samples collected from people who recently died in different parts of the country after having COVID-19 like symptoms, said IEDCR director Meerjady at the briefing.

“Some confusion has been created over the recent deaths of some people at different places in the country. We tested the samples from the deceased. But traces of novel coronavirus have not been found in any of their bodies,” she said.

334,270 PPE distributed among different hospitals

Prior to the IEDCR briefing, Dr Md Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System (MIS) of the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) said, “Some 334,270 personal protective equipment (PPE) have been distributed among different hospitals across the country. We have enough PPE in stock and collecting more.”

“Currently, seven health institutions in Dhaka and three outside of the capital are performing novel coronavirus testing and we have plans to increase the number to 28 by April 20,” he added.

He also urged private doctors to provide treatment to the patients wearing PPE.

Two die in Keraniganj, Nawabganj from fever, respiratory distress

Two people suffering from cold and fever died in Keraniganj and Nawabganj upazilas of Dhaka district yesterday.

The deceaed were identified as Pannu Mia, 58 and Foysal, 40.

Pannu Mia, 58, a rickshaw puller, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka died around 12 am, said Health and Family Planning officer of Nawabganj Upazila Health Complex Dr Mohammad Shahidul Islam.

Pannu Mia, suffering from cough, fever and respiratory problem, went to Nawabganj Upazila Health Complex on Monday afternoon, said Dr Shahidul. Later, he was sent to the ICU unit as his condition deteriorated. As Pannu’s condition deteriorated further, he was sent to Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital in Dhaka’s Uttara where he died around 12 am.

Besides, three people, including an elderly man aged about 85, have been kept at the isolation unit of Nababganj Upazila Health Complex , said Dr Shahidul.

Meanwhile, Foysal Ahmed, 40, son of Nasir Uddin of Mandail, had been suffering from fever and cold for the last 20 days. Family of Foysal said they took him to different hospitals in Dhaka but failed to admit him to any hospital. Later, he died in the evening.

Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police station, said they have heard about the death of Foysal.

Boy with fever, cold dies in Pirojpur

An SSC examinee suffering from cold, cough and fever, similar to those experienced in novel coronavirus infection, died in Bhandaria upazila of Pirojpur yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Sabuj Hawladar, 17, son of Aziz Hawladar.

The 17-year-old boy died after he began to cough up blood and also bled from the nose this noon. He had been suffering from fever, cold and cough for the last four days, said HM Jahirul Islam, the upazila health and family planning officer.

Jahirul said they have collected samples from the body for a test and had already contacted the IEDCR in this regard.

“We will take further steps after getting instructions from the IEDCR,” he said.

Following the death, the upazila administration has isolated five families related to the boy and the entire village has been brought under lockdown, said Md Nazmul Alam, the upazila nirbahi officer.

Girl dies in coronavirus isolation in Sylhet

A 14-year-old girl with symptoms of novel coronavirus died in the isolation ward of Sylhet Shahid Shamsuddin Ahmed District Hospital yesterday.

“After suffering from fever, cold, cough and breathing problems—symptoms similar to that of Covid-19—for last 15 days, she got admitted to the hospital today (Tuesday). The girl had been suffering from the same problems for years,” said Sylhet district Civil Surgeon Dr Premananda Mondol.

“Her death is not from coronavirus. She will be buried normally. No sample will be sent to IEDCR for test,” the civil surgeon added.

Coronavirus suspect dies in Tangail

A garment worker died with coronavirus symptoms in Madhupur Upazila of Tangail District yesterday. The deceased was identified as Hobibur Rahman Hobi, 35 son of Hasan Ali of Tekker Bazaar of Mohishmara UP, our Tangail correspondent reports.

Kazi Motaleb Hossain, chairman of Mohishmara UP, told the correspondent that Hobi came home from Dhaka on Sunday with fever, cold and cough. His family members hid if from neighbours. Hobi worked at a garment factory in Dhaka. Hobi started having diarrhea from Monday. He vomited blood on Tuesday and died at noon at his house.

Neighbors then left the place as coronavirus panic spread. Arifa Johura, UNO of Madhupur said that a team from the upazila health complex went to the house to collect samples.

Civil Surgeon of Tangail, Dr. Wahiduzzaman said a team with IEDCR trained expert led by Dr. Rubina went to the house to collect the sample and it will be sent to Dhaka for test. His burial will be held under the supervision of the team. The house was locked down he added.

House locked down in Old Dhaka

Police restricted movement of residents living in a building of Becharam Dewri area in Old Dhaka after two of its tenants showed symptoms of coronavirus.

Officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station, Moudud Hawladar said, “The neighbours informed us that a woman and her daughter in the building have been sick for the last two to three days.”

“They have fever, cold and cough. We went to the spot and informed the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research to collect their samples,” he added.

After the IEDCR collected their samples, police restricted the movement of the residents living in the building.

Eight more Bangladeshis die of COVID-19 in US

A total of eight Bangladeshis have died of COVID-19 in the US over the last 24 hours.

At least 31 Bangladeshis died from coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in New York till yesterday. While 14 of them died in the last two days, according to media reports.

Earlier on Monday, 8 more Bangladeshis died of coronavirus in New York. The Bangladeshi community in New York, however, feared that the death toll might be higher than that.

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

Besides, journalist A Hai Swapan of Daily Manabzamin died at a Queens Hospital.

Bangladeshi dies from coronavirus in Italy

One more Bangladeshi expatriate died from coronavirus at a hospital in Milan, Italy on Monday noon. The deceased was identified as Apu, 56.

This is the second death of a Bangladeshi migrant in COVID-19 in Italy. Four other Bangladeshi nationals, who were tested positive for coronavirus, are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the country.

Bangladeshi physician dies of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

A Bangladeshi physician died from coronavirus in Modina of Saudi Arabia yesterday morning.

The deceased was identified as Afak Hossain. He was a doctor of Safa-Al-Modina Clinic in city

Dr Afak Hossain was a former student of Jhenaidah Cadet College and fifth batch student of Sir Salimullah Medical College.

Coronavirus test to begin at DMCH within 2-3 days

Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will start the test of COVID-19 within two or three days and the test results can be obtained within three hours, said the principal of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Talking to journalist, DMCH principal Dr Khan Md Abul Kalam Azad said, “The virology department of the college is getting prepared for the test of COVID-19. There are some machines in the department and we have also got some other machines.”    

5 of Thakurgaon family kept in isolation test negative

Five members of a family, who were kept in isolation with flu-like symptoms at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital, have tested negative for novel coronavirus, said Dr Nadirul Aziz, superintendent of the hospital.

IEDCR informed the hospital authorities yesterday after testing samples of the five patients, our Thakurgaon correspondent reports quoting the superintendent.

The family hailing from Bhelajan Nadipara village in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila, were sent to the isolation unit of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Saturday night as they were showing coronavirus-like symptoms, said Dr Nadirul Aziz.

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