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7 die showing coronavirus-like symptoms

Homes isolated in 6 districts

At least seven people, including two children, died of Covid-19-like symptoms in six districts since Friday night.

Besides, multiple houses were locked down and many families were home-quarantined to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In Moulvibazar, a 45-year-old man died from a fever and cough yesterday in Akua village of Rajnagar upazila's Tengra Union.

The victim's family was sent into home quarantine, said Urmi Roy, acting upazila nirbahi officer.

In Natore, an elderly man died in his home in Sadar upazila's Kafuria village early yesterday, after suffering from similar symptoms, at 3:00am yesterday, said Dr Mahbubur Rahman, upazila health and family planning officer.

In Narayanganj, a 46-year-old man died in his home at Baburail area in the district town early yesterday from similar symptoms. He died on the way to hospital, said Afsana Afroz Biva, Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) councillor.

Contacted, NCC's Chief Health Officer Dr Sheikh Mostafa Ali said, "We assume the victim was not infected with coronavirus but died of a cardiac arrest. We have still requested locals to avoid a public gathering during the burial."

In Netrokona, a 60-year-old man died in Khaliajury upazila yesterday after suffering from fever, cold and respiratory problems. He died yesterday morning, said Khaliajury UNO AHM Ariful Islam.

Samples of the victims have been sent to different hospitals for tests.

In Laxmipur, a two-year-old boy of Kamalnagar upazila's Torabganj village died yesterday, while another four-year-old boy of the upazila's Charmartin village died on Friday night. Both suffered from corona-like symptoms.

Local administrations have locked down four houses following the deaths, said Md Mobarak Hossain, Kamalnagar UNO, adding that the victims' samples were sent to the Institute of Public Health in Chattogram for tests.

In Shariatpur, a 25-year-old woman died at Shariatpur Sadar Hospital around 10:30am yesterday, around an hour after she was admitted to the hospital. The victim's family had taken her body back home. Health officials went to the house and collected samples, said Shariatpur Sadar UNO Md Mahabur Rahman Sheikh.

In Jashore, five out of 35 Bangladeshis, who returned yesterday from India through the Benapole border under special arrangement, were sent into institutional quarantine

The five sent to the quarantine ward of Jashore General Hospital had high temperatures, said Dr Zahidul Islam, a health official at Benapole Immigration Office.

The rest were sent into 14-day home quarantine, he said.

In Chattogram, three doctors and 15 staffers of a private hospital were sent into home quarantine on Friday evening after they came into contact with the first Covid-19 patient in the port city, said Chattogram Civil Surgeon Sheikh Fazle Rabbi.

The patient was a 67-year-old man.

In Rangpur, the home of a family in Sadar upazila's Janki-Dhaperhat village was locked down yesterday after a man there tested positive for Covid-19, said Hirambo Kumar Roy, the district's civil surgeon.

In Cox's Bazar, the local administration on Friday night locked down seven houses, eight shops and one pathology centre in Teknaf upazila's Old Pallanpara area as a person in the area showed Covid-19 symptoms.

In Rajshahi, a private hospital nurse was admitted to the coronavirus unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital yesterday with Covid-19 symptoms.

(Our Moulvibazar, Natore, Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Jashore, Noakhali, Chattogram, Dinajpur, Cox's Bazar and Rajshahi correspondents contributed to the story.) 

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