Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) in Chattogram yesterday started collecting samples of possible coronavirus patients for testing.
BITID took two samples on the first day, said microbiologist Dr Shakil Ahmed, who received training on Covid-19 testing from Dhaka recently.
He said they were ready to conduct 20 tests a day, and would do more if needed. "We will test patients from three categories -- those who have symptoms of Covid-19, people who came back from abroad and those who had exposure to Covid-19 positive patients," he added.
Prof Dr MA Hasan, director of BITID, told The Daily Star that they received the kits yesterday morning. One microbiologist and two technologists of BITID were trained in Dhaka to on how to test Covid-19 cases last week.
BITID in coordination with Chattogram divisional commissioner's office will also provide a hotline number for people to communicate.
Around 1,000 people have been asked to be in quarantine in Chattogram while police locked down a flat and a building in New Chandgaon residential area and Bakalia after a Covid-19 patient was found visiting those.