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Six die with Covid-19-like symptoms

IEDCR confirms 1 more case

After testing 153 samples, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research yesterday reported one Covid-19 case, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 49.

The patient is a woman, aged between 20 and 30, IEDCR Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora said.

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Meanwhile, at least six people, including a child, have died in different districts yesterday from what looks like coronavirus, our correspondents report.

The IEDCR also said four more Covid-19 patients made recoveries, taking the total number of recovered patients to 19.

"Of them, some had hypertension and diabetes. One of them was over 80 years old. Despite their underlying health conditions, they have recovered," Flora said in the daily videoconference briefing from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) headquarters.

Among the four recovered yesterday, one is a doctor and one a nurse. The two others were treated at home.

Currently, 25 Covid-19 patients are under treatment while the total number of deaths with confirmed coronavirus so far is five.

Prof Flora informed that 24,113 people were in quarantine across the country while 346 others in isolation.

In Chattogram, Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) tested 28 samples until Sunday and found no positive case, said Mamunur Rashid, deputy director of BITID.


In Kushtia, a 51-year-old man suffering from cold, cough, fever and breathing problems for the past three days died at Kushtia General Hospital yesterday morning.

Nasal swab of the deceased was collected for testing in IEDCR, HM Anwarul Islam, civil surgeon of Kushtia, said.

Local administration has locked down the residence of the man.

In Dinajpur, at least 150 people of 30 families have been home-quarantined after a 30-year-old man from Tofshi village under Birampur upazila died with Covid-19-like symptoms early yesterday.

Thirty families of that village have been quarantined, said Tauhidur Rahman, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Birampurupazila.

In Sunamganj, a 55-year-old woman died at home early in the morning yesterday after suffering from fever, cough and respiratory problem.

Her husband, exhibiting similar symptoms, was sent to the Corona Isolation Centre at Sylhet Saheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital while other family members have been kept in home-quarantine.

In Jashore, a 12-year-old girl died at the isolation ward of Jashore General Hospital early yesterday.

The girl suffering from cold, cough and fever, said Arif Ahmed, residential medical officer (RMO) at the hospital.

Earlier, the IEDCR dismissed the necessity of collecting samples from the child, said Sheikh Abu Shaheen, civil surgeon (CS) of Jashore.

In Chandpur, two persons with flu-like symptoms died in separate hospitals in Dhaka since Saturday.

A 50-year-old man with fever and breathing problems from Hajiganj was admitted to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka around five days ago, and died yesterday.

However, doctors of the hospital told his family members that he died after suffering a cardiac arrest, said his son.

Besides, a banker of Puranbazar area in Chandpur died on Saturday in Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka after 16 days of treatment.

He also exhibited Covid-19 symptoms -- fever and respiratory problems.

The hospital authorities informed his family members that he died from a cardiac arrest, his family said.

[Our Correspondents from Kushita, Dinajpur, Benapole, Thakurgoan, Chandpur and Bagerhat contributed to the report]


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