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Covid-19 testing at DU resumes on 23rd June

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Health Desk- 23 June, 2020: Dhaka University authorities are set to resume coronavirus testing facilities at it's laboratories from Tuesday.

Prof Sharif Akhteruzzaman, convener of university's coronavirus response technical committee, confirmed this to media adding that DU will bear the expenses.

"Given the current situation of the country, we felt that we should stand by the countrymen, and the health ministry also requested us to resume testing. Besides, the laboratory apparatus were likely to be returned to the departments as there was a possibility of reopening of the university, so we postponed the decisions," said Prof Sharif, adding "Since the university has not reopened, we decided to resume testing."

Prof Sharif said the ministry will provide testing kits and PPE. The university authority will bear other costs.

The testing will be conducted at the lab set up in Centre for Advanced Research at social sciences faculty building, he added.The DU authorities on June 1 stopped coronavirus testing facilities at its laboratories citing fund crisis and  the need for returning the laboratory apparatus, which were being used in the labs, to the respective departments.