A second Bangladeshi — a 73-year-old who tested positive for coronavirus — has died, and 4 more persons are detected with Covid-19, taking the entire number of confirmed cases to 24, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said at a press briefing at the office of the Directorate General of Health Services at Mohakhali.
Fifty people are now in institutional quarantine, he added.
On March 18, Bangladesh confirmed the primary death from the novel coronavirus.
The minister said they’re working to organize 100 ICUs to mitigate the crisis and therefore the number of ICUs are going to be increased to 400 gradually.
He said the govt is preparing Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital and Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and cosmetic surgery to treat coronavirus patients.
Bangladesh Army was given charge to quarantine people at Diabari area and Ijtema grounds if necessary, he added.
The minister informed that China has offered help by providing masks, testing kits and other necessary material to mitigate the crisis.
The government is considering recruiting doctors and nurses who treated coronavirus patients in China for fighting the crisis, he said.