Friday, June 5, 2020 | ePaper

Coronavirus cases in BD rise to 49

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
Another person was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 49, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said on Monday.
"In the past 24 hours, IEDCR has tested 153 samples and 1338 people have been tested so far. Total 49 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. So, in the past 24 hours, another person has been infected," IEDCR Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora said at an online press briefing.
Meanwhile, she said, four more patients have recovered. Three of them are above 60 while the newly-infected patient is a female aged around 20.
"Among the four recovered people, two are aged above 60 and one is aged above 80. One of them received treatment at home," said Prof Flora adding that 19 coronavirus patients have recovered till date.
Thirty-six people have been released from institutional quarantine in the past 24 hours and 32 are still in quarantine and 62 are in isolation, she said.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque also joined the briefing and answered questions from media people.
He announced that 17 more labs will be set up for testing coronavirus infection.
"We've decided we'll set up 17 more new labs. We've increased the scope of tests ... I would urge every healthcare worker at this time to work from wherever they are," he said.
"WHO appreciated our actions and so did the Secretary General of the United Nations ... we would like to see no-one left out of treatment in our country," the minister added.
He reiterated that media should not publish news that creates panic among people and claimed that there is no shortage of medical equipment in the country.
"Don't give any information that may create panic among public...we've no lack of treatment facilities, no shortage of kits. We've also made adequate arrangements for testing and our PPE supply is no longer falling short," he said.
According to IEDCR officials, they have over 41,000 PPEs in stock at the moment as they are working with a target of stocking 1000,000 PPEs. The total number of test-kits available now is over 72,000.
In the past 24 hours, IEDCR hotlines received 3,997 calls regarding the coronavirus.
Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is affecting 199 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed five deaths.
The global death toll climbed to 33,993 on Monday, according to Worldometer.

More News For this Category

No country is free if the government servants live in colonial days

Editorial Desk :It is surely a sign of the unsettling times the US is going through when a police Chief of a major US city publicly criticises the President

Little control over private hospitals

Little control over private hospitals

Private hospitals around the country are turning away Covid-19 patients causing a serious impact on the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Not just coronavirus, for the past two months

We need critical care equipment, not advice

Reza Mahmud :A team of Chinese medical experts, who have first-hand experience in containing coronavirus and treating patients with success, is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on June 8. Organised

ICU bed crisis in Chattogram

Staff Reporter :When the number of corona infected patients is rising in Chattogram, there has been no true efforts to increase oxygen and ICU facilities.  At present there are only

Stock market sees gloomy day as turnover hits 13-year low

Economic Reporter :The market remained sluggish Thursday as most of the stocks were traded at their reference floor prices with turnover hitting a 13-year low in the Dhaka Stock Exchange

Govt transfers Health Secretary amid mask scam

Staff Reporter :The government has transferred Md Ashadul Islam, secretary to the Health Services Division, amid questions over the handling of the mask scam during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Ashadul

Death toll near 800 with 2,423 new cases

Staff Reporter :Bangladesh saw another spike in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths as the health authorities announced the detection of 2,423 new cases and 35 deaths in the

Rana Plaza owner dies from coronavirus

Staff Reporter :Abdul Khaleque, the owner of much-talked-about illegally constructed building Rana Plaza in Savar that had collapsed seven years back taking the lives of 1,138 people-died from coronavirus on

17 physicians die, 1,016 infected with Covid-19: FDSR

Staff Reporter :Doctors continue to come in harm's way when treating Covid-19 patients, owing to the lack of proper protective gears.Seventeen physicians have died of Covid-19, while 1,016 doctors have

Virus crisis may trigger layoffs, BGMEA chief

Staff Reporter :The readymade garments factories can now use only half of their workforce due to the coronavirus crisis, which may lead them to shed jobs from June, Rubana Huq