No evacuees infected with coronavirus: IEDCR


After returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus, none of the seven, admitted in the Kurmitola General Hospital, have been infected. All 314 evacuees have tested negative for the virus.

Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora have confirmed this at a press briefing at the IEDCR office in the capital on Monday.

She said, “Last night we got their medical test reports, samples tested for the coronavirus in the country have turned out negative.”
“After completing their diagnostic process, they were taken back to the Ashkona Hajj camp. However, another person from the Hajj Camp was taken to the same hospital as his body temperature rose,” she added.

“Another woman who was admitted at Combined Military Hospital, has been kept in quarantine”, she added.
It is to be noted, a special flight carrying 312 Bangladeshis reached Dhaka Saturday from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of deadly coronavirus. After arriving they were directly escorted to nearby quarantine facility set up at Ashkona Hajj Camp in the capital.

Of the total evacuees, there were 297 adults, 12 children and three infants. They are now under observation for the next 14 days. When they will be diagnosed as virus-free, the authority will allow them to go to their respective addresses.
In addition, on Saturday, 23 Chinese citizens returned to Bangladesh. They are also being kept under observation and may have to undergo tests to determine whether they have been infected with the coronavirus.
The new virus until Monday claimed the lives of 361 people and infected more than 17,300 people globally.