Health Desk- 21 March 2020: Bangladesh on Saturday reported the second death from coronavirus.
"Total death from the coronavirus infection in the country is now two. Four new patients have been diagnosed with the disease,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque announced at a press briefing after an inter-ministerial meeting at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The deceased, aged around 73, had comorbidity, he said.
The minister said 50 people are in institutional quarantine and around 14000 people are home quarantined countrywide," he said.
The minister assured that those who came here from abroad and used misinformation to avoid home quarantine will be identified from lists sent to local administration.
"Those who arrived here before March are currently safe," he added.
The minister said, "The country has received seven testing machines for the diagnosis of the disease. These will be set up in new locations for testing people with corona symptoms. However as these machines require sophisticated biosafety lab so we need some time" .
He expressed hope that 400 Intensive Care Units (ICUS) will be set up soon.
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.