Bangladesh registers third coronavirus death; the number of infected rises to 33

Bangladesh has confirmed six more coronavirus cases, taking the total to 33, and a third death from the disease.

Published : 23 March 2020, 10:16 AM
Updated : 23 March 2020, 09:18 PM

Of the infected, five have already recovered from the disease.

Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the director of The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research, or IEDCR, presented the latest update on the novel coronavirus pandemic in a virtual press briefing on Monday.

Flora said the IEDCR conducted tests on 56 people in the 24 hours to Monday afternoon and six of them were found infected. The latest death occurred among the new patients.

The six include three male and as many female. Two of them has recent oversees travel history – one is a returnee from India and the other from Bahrain.

One of the new patients is a health worker. There is a doctor and two nurses among the total known cases.

As many as 51 suspected patients were kept in isolation units and 46 in institutional quarantine.

Out of the confirmed coronavirus cases, two thirds are male and the rest female.

Two of them are below 10 years old, one is aged between 10 and 20, nine between 21 and 30, as many others in the 31-40 age group, five in 41-50, one is in the 50s and six are above 60 years old.

Dhaka district has the highest number of cases – 15. As many as 10 are from Madaripur, three from Narayanganj, and one each from Cumilla, Gazipur and Chuadanga.

Thirteen of the total known cases have recent oversees travel history. Six of them have returned from Italy, two from other European countries, two from the US, and one each from Bahrain, India, and Kuwait.

The 20 others contracted the virus from the returnees, according to the IEDCR.

Among the 33 patients, 11 are comorbid, one needs kidney dialysis while the others are stable.

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