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06:56 PM, March 28, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:01 PM, March 28, 2020

30-yr-old Khagrachhari man died of pneumonia not coronavirus, doctor says

BITID tests deceased’s samples and finds it to be negative for Covid-19

The samples of a 30-year-old man, who died on Wednesday night at a Khagrachhari hospital after being admitted there with fever and breathing complications, tested negative for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) in Chattogram sent the test report on blood samples today, reports our Bandarban correspondent.

"We got the report from BITID around 2:30pm today, which show the deceased had tested negative," said Dr Nupur Kanti Das, civil surgeon of Khagrachhari district.

The samples were sent to BITID for test on Thursday as per suggestion of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka, the civil surgeon also said.

The man died of pneumonia, he added.

Bangladesh has so far confirmed deaths of five coronavirus patients. One of the symptoms of being infected with coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation, is "respiratory illness".

"The young man, aged around 30, died at around 8:30pm. He was admitted to our hospital around 3:30pm [on Wednesday]," Dr Purna Jiban Chakma, residential medical officer of the hospital, told The Daily Star earlier. "We shifted him to isolation as his condition was deteriorating."

"After the death, five members of our staff, including two doctors and two nurses, were sent into quarantine," the RMO said.

Quoting family members, the RMO said that the deceased had been suffering from breathing complications for long.

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