Bangladesh today reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus, when many countries around the world are struggling amid a staggering number of deaths from the virus.
The number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 51.
"Two coronavirus patients were detected after performing 140 tests in last 24 hours," Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) made the disclosure at a virtual press briefing today.
"Among the newly diagnosed patients, one is a 57-year-old Saudi Arabia returnee and another one 55-year-old with no recent history of travelling abroad. They both are currently under treatment at hospitals," she added.
Dr Flora said, "Six patients, including a nurse, recovered from the virus. Four of them were male and two female."
Regarding the rumour of more deaths from coronavirus in different parts of the country, the IEDCR director said, "We did not find any coronavirus infection in the samples that we could collect from the deceased persons."
Prior to her briefing, Habibur Rahman, MIS director of DGHS, said, "Some 334,270 personal protective equipment have been distributed among different hospitals across the country. We have enough PPE in stock and collecting more."
"Currently, seven health institutions in Dhaka and three out of the capital are performing coronavirus testing and we have plan to increase the number to 28 by April 20," he added.
He also urged private doctors to provide treatment to the patients wearing PPE.
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, 787,631 people have so far got infected with the highly contagious coronavirus and 37,840 have died from it, according to Johns Hopkins University data.