Bangladesh today reported one new case of the novel coronavirus which took the current number of confirmed cases to 49.
"Samples of 153 patients were tested in last 24 hours where a 20-year-old woman was found positive. A total of 1,338 tests were performed till date," Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) made the disclosure at a virtual press briefing today.
Dr Flora said, "Four patients, including a doctor and a nurse, recovered from the virus in last 24 hours, totaling the number of cured patients to 19. Among the newly recovered patients, one is eighty years old while two others are in their sixties."
"Moreover, three of them had different prior health complications like- asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. Two of the recovered patients were being treated at home," the IEDCR director added.
Some 955,435 people received service through IEDCR hotlines till now and IEDCR received 4,725 calls in last 24 hours.
During the briefing, Habibur Rahman, director of Management Information System (MIS), DGHS, said, "92,000 kits for Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test have been collected. Of those, 20,000 test kits were distributed among various health institutions. PCR tests are being conducted at six hospitals in Dhaka currently. PCR test will begin in Mymensingh and Rangpur today, in Rajshahi within two days and in Khulna, Barishal within a week."
"Some 6,200 isolation beds are ready in different hospitals across the country. 214 patients are in institutional quarantine and a total of 26,023 people are in quarantine across the country," he added.
Habibur Rahman also said, "At present 41,930 personal protective equipment are in hand and 10 lakh more PPE will be collected soon."
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, 723,328 people have so far got infected with the highly contagious coronavirus and 34,005 have died from it, according to Johns Hopkins University data.