At least 186 people of 35 families have been placed in quarantine in Shariatpur after a 90-year-old man from the locality died from being infected by the coronavirus.
The man was one of the two coronavirus patients who had died in the last 24 hours in the country, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said earlier today.
He passed away in Dhaka after he went there for treatment on April 1, Mohammad Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Naria Police Station, told The Daily Star.
The deceased hailed from Thiropara village under Naria upazila's Dingamanik union, where 22 families have been placed in quarantine. An additional 11 families in Baroipara village under Gharishar union in the upazila have also been placed in quarantine as likely sources of community transmission.
"Two families -- one in Bala Kandi village under Char Sensas union and the other in Haquepur village under DM Khali union in Sakhipur -- were also put in quarantine as some members of the two families were in contact with the deceased," said Md Anamul Haque, officer-in-charge of Sakhipur Police Station.
Meanwhile, two staffers of Naria upazila health complex were placed in home quarantine as they also came into contact with the deceased without any personal protective equipment (PPE) on.
The 90-year-old was admitted to the health complex after suffering a brain stroke on April 1, said Dr Shafiqul Islam, Naria upazila health and family planning officer.
"He had also been complaining of respiratory complications then. So we referred him to National Neurosciences and Hospital in Dhaka for better treatment," Dr Shafiqul said.
"The man's son returned from Italy on January 3. He went to Dhaka from Shariatpur for treatment in the last week of March and stayed at his relatives' houses in Mirpur's Tolarbagh area," a top official of Shariatpur district police told The Daily Star.
"At that time, the deceased had accompanied his son and might have come into contact with an infected person," the official added.
Shariatpur Civil Surgeon Dr SM Abdullah Al Murad confirmed The Daily Star quoting IEDCR that the man was tested positive for coronavirus.