Coronavirus: 4 more, including 2 physicians, test positive in Bangladesh

Total infected case rises to 48

IEDCR press briefing

Two more physicians, among four people, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the country in the last 24 hours.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora made the announcement while addressing an online press briefing on Friday.

With the latest development, the number of total coronavirus patients in the country stands at 48.

Till Friday, a total of three physicians and two nurses have been diagnosed with the virus infection, according to the institute.

However, there was no report of new death from the disease in the country.

Bangladesh so far confirmed five deaths from Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 24,000 lives and infected over 532,000 people across the world.

The IEDCR director said: “A total of 106 tests were done in the last 24 hours. Of those, four have been confirmed to have infected with coronavirus. One of them was from a cluster as the institute suspects a community transmission in limited scale.

“Of the infected four, two hailed from Dhaka and others from outside it. They are aged between 20 to 60 years.

“It is not that doctors got infected with the virus while providing healthcare services. As they are a part of a community, some of them were also infected from there,” she said.

Flora, however, recognized that physicians are now in high risk due to the prevailing situation.

The IEDCR is giving more importance of such cases (related to the physicians), she added.

As many as 11 patients, who earlier tested positive for Covid-19, have returned home after making full recovery while 32 others are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the country.

Till now, the institute has conducted some 1,026 tests for Covid-19.


As per IEDCR, those who should be tested for Covid-19