The former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank and noted economist Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled, 81, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
He has been admitted to Bangladesh Specialised Hospital in Mirpur.
His brother, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) News Consultant, Khondker Muhammad Khaled confirmed the matter to The Business Standard.
According to him, the noted economist contracted the virus a few days ago and had strong Pneumonia.
"He was then admitted to the ICU of Bangladesh Specialised Hospital and later transferred to the cabin when condition improved," he said.
Muhammad Khaled confirmed that his brother has been taken to the ICU again this morning due to low blood pressure.
Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled has recently joined the Pubali Bank Limited as an independent director.
He was also the managing director of Pubali Bank Limited for the 2001-2006 period.
Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled has been associated with the banking system of Bangladesh for nearly six decades.
He also served the Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Agrani Bank and Sonali Bank as managing director.
He was the deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank from 1998 to 2001.
He also served the board of directors of Bangladesh Krishi Bank as the chairman.
Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled was awarded the Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal in 2009 and the Khan Bahadur Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to the banking sector.