Dhaka – One more coronavirus patient died on Saturday, raising the death from the pathogen to two in Bangladesh, a senior minister said.
With four more new infection reported, the South Asian country has now 24 Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque told a news conference.
The minister said his government was trying to do everything possible to contain the spread of the virus.
As many as 14,000 people who recently returned from abroad were quarantined at their home because, he said, the foreign returnees are believed to be the potential source of coronavirus infection in Bangladesh.
Like the previous one, the 73-year old man who died on Saturday had also contacted the virus from one of his relatives having foreign travel history, the minister added.
On Wednesday, Bangladesh reported the first coronavirus death, 10 days after detection of first three cases of infection on March 8.
The government urged all the inbound passengers to Bangladesh to go for self-isolation for the sake of their family and the people as a whole.
The minister said the army was given the responsibility of building islation center in Dhaka’s Mirpur and the Bishawa Ijtema ground in Togi.
In addition, the government has planned to set up 100 Intensive Care Units at different hospitals to treat the patients, in case the numbers goes up, he added. The country has now 300 ICUs.
To help prevent the coronavirus spread, Bangladesh on Saturday suspended air connectivity with 10 more countries until March 31. Passenger flights with Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, and Bahrain will remain suspended.
Flights with United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and Thailand will remain operative.