Health Desk – 11 Apr, 2021: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has contracted the coronavirus, according to a test report purported to be from the Directorate General of Health Services.
The DGHS report that surfaced on social media identified Khaleda as COVID-positive. Her samples were collected for a COVID test at icddr,b on Saturday, according to the report.
Maidul Islam, a spokesman for the health ministry, confirmed the authenticity of the report, saying: “The report that has come to us has identified her as coronavirus-positive.”
But Khaleda’s family and senior BNP leaders say they are unaware of the test report.
The BNP chairperson has been suffering from fever for the past few days, her family said. When asked, the BNP leaders and Khaleda’s family said they knew nothing about the test results.
A copy of the COVID test with a QR code for Khaleda went viral on Facebook. When scanned, the QR code directs the report to the DGHS website that shares coronavirus test reports.
“This [information] is available in our MIS or medical information services,” said DGHS Director General ABM Khurshid Alam, without providing a direct answer to a question on whether Khaleda contracted the virus.
Khaleda has been living in her Gulshan residence since the government halted her imprisonment order.