Chattogram Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing has tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr Aung Swi Prue Marma, civil surgeon of Bandarban, confirmed this to The Daily Star.
"We collected his sample and sent it to the IEDCR field office in Cox's Bazar on Thursday. The test report came positive today," said the civil surgeon.
"The minister has fever and cough. We are communicating with a dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Dhaka," Dr Aung Swi Prue said.
"The minister will be flown by helicopter to Dhaka tomorrow to be admitted to the Combined Military Hospital [CMH)," the civil surgeon also said.
"We will collect swab samples of other members of his family and send those for tests," he added.