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11 in Mirpur, 9 in Bashabo contract from coronavirus

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:44 PM, 5 April 2020   Updated: 04:55 PM, 5 April 2020

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), at regular online briefing

Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), at regular online briefing

Of the 88 coronavirus patients – 11 are from Mirpur and 9 are from Bashabo, said Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Sunday. 

“367 samples were collected in the last 24 hours. Of them – 18 people detected coronavirus,” she came up with the information at a regular press briefing through online at the IEDCR office. 

“Those who have been affected so far – 11 are from Tolarbagh area in Mirpur, 9 from Bashabo, and 11 from Narayanganj,” Dr. Flora also said. 

Earlier, in a similar briefing, Health Minister Zahid Maleque informed that “18 more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. With this, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased to 88 in the country.”

He said, “One more person has died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to nine in the country.”

Mentioning that Malaria drug ‘Chloroquine’ will be used for the treatment of coronavirus patients, Health Minister said, “This medicine is used in many developed countries. We will also do that. We have an adequate stockpile of this. Coronavirus patients will be treated with this drug.”

Urging the people to stay at home, he said, “Maintain social distance. When coming from outside, wash your hands with soap. Besides, if you need to go out, wear a mask and must pray at home.” 

“Sadly, it has been seeing that people are going outside as usual. Do not do that,” said Health Minister Dr. Zahid Maleque, adding that “Thanks to those who are giving relief. But try to send relief at homes. Then there will be no gatherings.”  

Regarding the PPE, the minister said, “We do not have a crisis of PPE. Our testing activities are increasing. Testing is done in 14-15 places. We are undertaking testing activities at the upazila level. Yesterday, there were 500 tests across the country. We are going to take this to a thousand.”

To the doctors at the private hospital, he said, “You should not stay away from duty. Let us know if you have any problems. If you are out of duty, then wrongdoings will be done to people.”

The coronavirus, that first reported in China late last year, is now affecting 205 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 1,203,932 people have been diagnosed with the virus worldwide, as the death toll rises to 64,787 while 247,301 patients have recovered. 

More than a third of the world's population is now under lockdown as an increasing number of countries implement sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

To stop spreading the deadly coronavirus, the Bangladesh government on March 23 declared a nationwide 10-day holiday from March 26 to April 4 shutting down the government and private offices, excepting essential and healthcare facilities. Later, the general holidays were extended until April 9. 

However, the government on Sunday announced to extend the ongoing general holidays till April 13 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. As the Pahela Baishakh is the next day, the holiday will be extended until April 14.

Apart from this, all educational institutions and coaching centers across the country have been closed till April 9. All have been requested to stay-at-home during the holidays unless they have a good reason to leave their homes.

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