First coronavirus death reported in Bangladesh
March 18th, 2020 at 5:39 pm
First coronavirus death reported in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent;

Dhaka – The fear eventually come true. A patient in his 70s died of the novel coronavirus infection in Bangladesh.

“I have come here today with sad news. A Bangladeshi national died of coronavirus infection, the patient was over 70 year old,” Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the director of the state-run Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told a news briefing on Wednesday.

The patient was infected by a relative who recently returned home from abroad. “The patient had also suffered from pre-existing ailments like diabetic, high blood pressure and kidney and lung malefactions,” she said.

The patient had been in the Intensive Care Unit since detection of the disease on Tuesday. “The patient was in high risk,” she added.

The IEDCR detected four more cases on Wednesday raising the coronavirus infected patients to 14. All of them are undergoing treatment at a specialized hospital in Dhaka, the IEDCR spokeswoman said.

Three of the newly detected patients have recently returned from abroad, and the fourth case, a woman, is member of the family of one of the returnees, Flora added.

Bangladesh, which detected the first three cases of coronavirus on March 8, shut schools for 15 days and slapped a travel ban on neighbouring India and European countries, excluding Britain, and Malaysia.

The global coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 8,000 people across the globe and infected nearly 200,000 others.