China to donate 500 COVID19 detection kits for Bangladesh
February 16th, 2020 at 2:18 pm
China to donate 500 COVID19 detection kits for Bangladesh

Dhaka – Bangladesh will get 500 most advanced kits from China to detect coronavirus cases, a Chinese diplomat Dhaka said on Sunday.

The kits are likely to arrive in Bangladesh, where no case of infection was reported yet, on Tuesday, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming told a meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen.

The fluorescent RT-PCR kits are being used for detecting the COVID-19. This will be the first donation of such kind after China developed the kits to detect the infection, most of which were reported in China after its outbreak.   

Coronavirous pathogen

The virus killed at least 1,665 people in China since its outbreak in the December in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Nearly 70,000 people are infected by the pathogen worldwide with five Bangladeshi nationals are undergoing treatment in Singapore.

Bangladesh reported that no case of coronavirus infection was reported yet despite the fact it brought back 312 Bangladeshi nationals from the Chinese locked-down city of Wuhan. The China-returnees who were put on quarantine at Ashkona Haj Camp was released as the passed the two-week quarantine.

Meerjadi Sabrian Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research, said those who returned home after the quarantine will be keep in touch with the health officials for 10 more days. They were also advised to stay at home and not to go out unless it is important.

At least 171 Bangladeshi nationals are still languishing in the locked-down Chinese city of Wuhan. They appealed to the government to bring them back.

Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen said China has been very helpful towards Bangladesh throughout the process.  He thanked the Chinese government for helping bring back 312 Bangladeshis from Wuhan.

He said the government was trying to figure out as to how the rest of the people could be brought back.