Five more infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh: health minister
11:52 AM, April 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:04 PM, April 03, 2020

Five more infected with coronavirus, test labs being set up rapidly

Five more people have tested positive for coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the number of confirmed cases to 61, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said today.

Among the 61, a total of 26 people have recovered so far and returned home, the minister said during a press briefing of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the coronavirus postive patients, 22 are in hospital and seven are at their respective homes undergoing treatment, said Prof Abul Kalam Azad, director general of DGHS, during the briefing.

In Dhaka, nine Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratories -- labs equipped to test for coronavirus -- have been set up which have started testing while the number outside Dhaka is five, the DG said.

"Within the first week of April, all the divisions will have at least one PCR laboratory and at the end of the month we expect to set up and get running a total of 28 laboratories all over the country," Prof Azad also said.

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