Coronavirus: First Death in Bangladesh, More Infected

  • He was one of two coronavirus victims identified on Tuesday.
  • Local media have raised various allegations about not having coronavirus tests in some hospitals in Bangladesh.
  • The first coronavirus person was identified in Bangladesh on March 8.

Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research confirmed its first death due to the new coronavirus in the country. He was infected by exposure to another person who had returned from abroad. He had been suffering from various physical complications.

Meerjady Sabrina Flora is a Bangladeshi medical doctor, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health specialist. At present she is the Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), which is Bangladesh’s main center for conducting disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, disease control, epidemic prevention and research.

The patient reportedly had kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung problems, and heart disease. He also recently had stunting or ringworm due to a heart problem. He was in the hospital’s ICU for the past few days. He was one of two coronavirus victims identified on Tuesday.

Four new coronavirus cases have also been reported. Although the symptoms of coronavirus are mild, there are other physical problems. One had suffered a stroke before. Among the four newly diagnosed coronavirus cases, three were men and one woman.

One of the four new patients is a family member of a previously infected person. The remaining three were reported to have been infected with coronavirus recently while traveling abroad. Two of the three are reported to have returned from Italy and one has returned from Kuwait.

Complaints About Getting Coronavirus Tests

Over the past few days, local media have raised various allegations about not having coronavirus infection in some hospitals in Bangladesh. There have been allegations that they have not been examined even when they go to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. When questioned by the IEDCR director at a press conference, he acknowledged that such incidents were happening “publicly” in many areas.

“This kind of thing has been happening for a long time. We are trying to solve this problem by discussing it with the hospital, at different stages.” However, Meerjady Sabrina Flora said the coronavirus test kit was deposited in Dhaka. “We know that there is a crisis around the world for this virus test kit. We are currently submitting the kit to Dhaka. We are trying to supply the kit to the area wherever it is needed.”

A large part of the kit came from China, and as many places in China are now considered safe. The IEDCR director hoped there would be no crisis in the future. “Kit’s not in crisis right now, but we need more.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Situation in Bangladesh

The first coronavirus case was identified in Bangladesh on March 8. Three IEDCR reports were identified at that time. Then, on Saturday night, March 8, Health Minister Zahid Malek said that the coronavirus was identified in the two others. The coronavirus was identified in three, and two more on Tuesday. The IEDCR reported that all of the victims had come in contact with people returning abroad.

Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the IEDCR, said that “if you return to Bangladesh from a country infected with coronavirus, you must be quarantined for 7 days.” She said disciplinary action would be taken if anyone did not follow that directive. Flora said there was no evidence that the virus was spread through community transmission in Bangladesh, or social interaction outside their family.

“We are conducting regular surveillance. We conduct biopsies— regular Covid-19 tests and sample tests— with samples of those who have pneumonia and those who have breathing problems.” She fears that the number of coronavirus infections may increase. There are many people who suffer from coronavirus in Bangladesh. Flora said that the virus is likely to be infected by the hospital doctors and those who come in contact with those patients.

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