Dhaka – Two men and a woman was tested coronavirus positive in Bangladesh, an official said on Sunday.
Two of them are Bangladeshi expatriates and recently returned home from in Italy, said Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the country’s state-run Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
She said the third infected person is a woman and member of one of the Italy returnees’ family. The identity of the patients, who are undergoing treatment at a hospital, was not disclosed.
“We don’t want to tell you anymore about the patients,” Flora said without elaborating.
These are the first cases of coronavirus detection in the South Asian country having more than 1,200 population per square kilometers.
The IEDCR official suggested everyone to avoid crowds at any places in the country and maintain cleanliness etiquettes to prevent spread of virus, outbreak of which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
She also requested the persons who think they need to get checked to contact the IEDCR hotline number.
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina earlier in the morning urged the people not to worry over the coronavirus outbreak saying her country is capable of tacking it.
“All we need to do is to remain clean and follow the instruction from the government,” she said in Dhaka adding that the government has been monitoring the situation round the clock.
“We will take immediate step if any problem arises at any place in the country,” she said