Bangladesh today reported the sixth death from the novel coronavirus in the country.
"Three more patients have been diagnosed with the virus. The number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 54," Health Minister Zahid Malik made the disclosure at a virtual press briefing today.
Zahid Malik said, "Coronavirus testing facility will be made available in all medical universities of the country gradually. We don't want any suspected patient remains untested. We will do more tests. The number of personal protective equipment and mask now increased."
The health minister also urged the people to cooperate with the government as many people, especially the expatriates, are not maintaining the social distancing and other coronavirus related rules in Dhaka and across the country.
"I urge all expatriate Bangladeshis to stay at home as it will increase the risk of coronavirus spread if they roam around their villages," he added.
Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System (MIS), DGHS, said, "2,659 hotline calls were received and 1,459 people have been placed in quarantine in the last 24 hours. Besides, 41,812 patients so far released from quarantine. Now, 19,929 people are in quarantine and 73 in isolation."
"We are capable of testing more patients than the samples we are getting," he added.
The DGHS director also urged people to behave positively with the recovered coronavirus patients.
Earlier, IEDCR confirmed the first death from coronavirus infection on March 18, second on March 21, third on March 23, fourth on March 24 and fifth death on March 25.
Globally, 860,181 people have so far got infected with the highly contagious coronavirus and 42,341 have died from it, according to Johns Hopkins University data.