A medical assistant of a private clinic has tested positive for coronavirus in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail, making it the district's first confirmed case.
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed it to the upazila administration last night, our Tangail correspondent reports quoting Mirzapur Upazila Health and Family Planning officer Maksuda Khanam.
Soon after being informed, a team led by Mirzapur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdul Malek went to the house of the infected man and sent him to the Kuwait-Bangladesh Maitree Hospital in Dhaka, said the official.
The 47-year-old man came to his village home in Mirzapur from Narayanganj with coronavirus-like symptoms such as fever, cold and cough on April 5. On information, some officials of upazila health and family planning office collected samples and sent those to IEDCR for test, Maksuda added.
Meanwhile, the local administration asked the family members of the patient for home quarantine and placed 35 houses nearby the patient's house under lockdown.
Narayanganj, which is now under complete lockdown, is one of the hotspots of the spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh with 38 people found infected with the virus yesterday. Among them, 15 tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours.