POST TIME: 29 March, 2020 01:52:23 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 29 March, 2020 01:42:57 PM
Four patients recover with no new cases, deaths in country
47 coronavirus suspects still in isolation: IEDCR

Four patients recover with no new cases, deaths in country

Four COVID-19 patients returned home after recovery yesterday and no new patient was detected positive with coronavirus in Bangladesh in last 24 hours and no death was reported in the same period.

So, the current number of confirmed cases remains at 48, and the number of deaths at five.

IEDCR's director Professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said in a press briefing, "There is good news—four patients returned home after recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours. The number of recovered patients is now 15."

According to a DGHS press release, of the 331 people who were kept in isolation in different hospitals, 284 people have returned home. The remaining 47 are still in hospital wards. In the past 24 hours, 47 samples were tested. So far, a total of 1,076 samples have been tested and 2,115 people have been sent to quarantine in the last 24 hours. Currently, 28 already received the machine, while the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital is going to installed a PCR machine today (Sarturday),” the DGHS director said.

The health directorate has installed 16 ventilators at the Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital.

The government is working to set up five ICU beds at this hospital and eight ICU beds at the Sheikh Rasel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital.

Asked about community transmission, Dr Habibur said, “We haven’t noticed any clear case of community transmission in the country yet.” He also said that there would be no shortage of PPE.

10 houses on lockdown in Bogura

The local administration of Bogura district’s Shibganj upazila has put ten houses under lockdown after the death of a 50-year-old man from breathing complications in Daridaha village of that upazila yesterday.

Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Alamgir Kabir said ten houses were kept under lockdown in the area after a man named Masud Rana, 50, died.

Mostafizur Rahman Tuhin, deputy civil surgeon of Bogura, said they had contacted the IEDCR.

“The IEDCR told us to send samples of the deceased to Dhaka and complete the funeral after wrapping the body with personal protection equipment,” said Tuhin, adding that a group of physicians had been sent to the area.

Another Bangladeshi dies of coronavirus in UK

A Bangladeshi national died of coronavirus in a hospital in UK’s capital London on Friday afternoon.

Sayed Hossain Jasim, 65, breathed his last at Manchester Hospital at around 2:30pm (local time) while undergoing treatment.

He was fighting the coronavirus for the last couple of days, London expatriate Nurul Amin said. Jasim, who had earlier spent several years in Italy, lived with his wife, two sons and a daughter in Manchester, UK. He is originally from Fulgazi upazila in Feni.

Vehicle fitness renewal without fine till June 30

People can renew their vehicle fitness certificates without paying any fine till June 30 if it expires during the 10-day public holiday announced by the government to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Department of Road Transport and Highways under the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry took the decision yesterday.

Abu Naser, deputy chief information officer of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry confirmed the development.

CMP has launched door-to-door shop

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has launched a door-to-door shop to ensure people stay at home during the countrywide lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

The door-to-door shop activities started from the Kotwali Police Station of the port city yesterday.

“We started the door-to-door shop system after receiving information that most of the houses had run out of daily essentials and were unable to buy them because of the lockdown,” Officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, Mohammed Mohsin said.

“The mobile shop will sell essential goods including food stuff in all areas. If someone gives a call, the shop will reach the place,” he further added.

A video went viral on Friday showing OC Mohsin making an announcement with a loudspeaker. “Stay home. The shop will reach you. You do not need to go out for shopping. CMP has started this mobile shop for those staying at home. Stay home. Stay healthy,” he said.

He also asked people to call the hotline number—01400400400—if they needed anything.  People under the Kotwali Police Station have been asked to call 619922.