by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Police have arrested seven Covid-19 patients after they fled a hospital in the south-western Bangladeshi district of Jashore, police said on Monday.
The patients left Jashore General Hospital without notice after they were taken to the health facilities on arrival from India between April 18 and 24 through the Benapole land port.
District police officer Muhammad Touhidual Islam told reporters that the patients were readmitted to the hospital. Those who came to their contacts by this time will also be taken to isolation.
After the hospital authorities brought the matter to the lawmen’s notice, the launched a special drive based on the details about them put on hospital registrar.
India has been reporting steadily rise in the Covid-19 infections and deaths in the last couple of days. A country of more than 1.3 billion people, India has now become the second worst Covid-19-hit country after the United States.
Police believe those who travel from India must be taken to isolation to avoid spread of the Indian variant of the virus, which spreads like a wildfire.
A senior police officer said considering the importance, they launched the drive and arrested the seven. They are Manimala Dutta of Jashore, Milon Hossain and Sefali Rani Sarker of Satkhira, Nasima Akhter of Rajbari, Bibekando, Amirul and Sohel Sarder of Khulna district.
Physician Arif Ahmed said these seven passengers were tested Covid-19 positive after they arrived in Bangladesh. They received the receipts of admission from the hospital, but they left the hospital without notice.