Coronavirus: Bangladesh reports first death, 4 more tested positive

Bangladesh has reported its first coronavirus death while four more people were tested positive, said IEDCR Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

The spokesperson of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed the news at a press briefing this afternoon.

She said: “Bangladesh has witnessed its first death in the coronavirus infection. The person came in contact with his abroad-returnee relative and died of COVID-19 virus infection.”

“The person aged about 70 was suffering from other health-related complications from beforehand,” she added.

However, she did not disclose the identity of the man.

Adding that four more persons have been tested coronavirus positive in the country in the last 24 hours, she further said: “The condition of the patients are stated to be critical. Besides, 16 more persons are sent to isolation.”

“The four persons were also experiencing different types of health-related complications. And, we are afraid that the number of the infected people would climb further,” she added.

She asked the countrymen to wash their hands frequently and avoid any kind of gathering as preventive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Earlier on March 8, the IEDCR announced for the first time the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh.
Of them, two were Italy-returnees while the third one was the wife of one of them. However, all of them have already recovered from the disease.

On March 14, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said two more coronavirus cases were detected in the country.
On Monday, the IEDCR announced the detection of three more patients from the same family while two more on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus or COVID-19 has reached 7,987 globally as of Wednesday.
It has so far infected 198,426 people around the world, according to worldometer.

Of them, 107,676 are currently being treated with 6,415 being in serious or critical condition.

So far, 90,750 cases had outcomes and of them, 82,763 (91 percent) recovered and 9 percent died.

COVID-19 is affecting 162 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).

The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.