The Financial Express

Two people with COVID-19 symptoms die in Barishal

Published: March 29, 2020 11:27:25 | Updated: March 29, 2020 13:25:31

Two people with COVID-19 symptoms die in Barishal

Two persons with symptoms of COVID-19 disease died at Barishal's Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) on Sunday.

The deceased were identified as Niru Begum, 45, wife of Md Dulal of Puranpara in the city and Jakir Hossain, a resident of Patuakhali,

It is unclear whether their samples have been collected for COVID-19 tests.

Niru was the first one to die at the Corona Unit of SBMC in the early hours of Sunday. Jakir's death was reported about eight hours later, reports a news agency.

SBMC Director Dr Md Bakir Hossain said Niru's relatives rushed her to the emergency at around 11:45pm on Saturday.

He then suggested them to take the patient to Corona Unit of the hospital after hearing her symptoms. Later, Niru died around 12:05am.

She had been suffering from diarrhea and underwent treatment at Barisal General Hospital around three days ago.

Niru returned home after recovery but fell sick again with fever, pain in the throat, and asthma. She also had diabetes and high blood pressure, the doctor said quoting relatives.

The relatives took the body home soon after her death.

Six patients with symptoms of coronavirus were admitted to SBMC since last night. Doctors said the hospital lacks any equipment to test coronavirus.

Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is affecting 199 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.

It has infected 663,741 people globally and killed 30,880 of them so far -- a mortality rate of 18 per cent, according to Worldometers. However, 142,183 of the patients have recovered while 490,678 are undergoing treatment. Of them, 25,207 patients are in critical condition.

Bangladesh has so far confirmed 48 COVID-19 cases and five deaths. The country has tested 1,068 samples till date.

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