Economic Reporter : Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) has initiated a data collection effort about bankers affected by Covid-19 who fell ill, died or recovered from the Covid-19 infection. Syed Mahbubur Rahman, former chairman of ABB and Managing Director of Mutual Trust Bank, said that Bangladesh Bank has put the issue of providing health insurance money to the bank employees affected by the coronavirus and grants to the families of the deceased to the respective banks. "However, we, on behalf of ABB, have asked all banks to keep this information centrally so that the health losses of bank employees in coronavirus can be accounted for. Once this virus situation returns to normal, we can review the data to see how much the coronavirus pandemic has hit the health of Bank employees," he added. Information from various banks and hospitals shows that at least ten bankers have died from the virus so far, all of them male. Some bank officials claimed that the actual number of deaths would be a bit higher as they know that a few more bank employees have died from the virus. However, banks are trying to cover the matter up for fear of spreading panic, the bank officials have alleged. The sector reported its first death on April 26, the day Mujtaba Shahriar, who worked at human resources department of City Bank, died.
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