Covid-19: Cases Rise To 39 In Bangladesh After Two With No Travel Or Contact History Test Positive

Coronavirus

Two persons infected with Covid-19 in Bangladesh have no history of foreign travel or contact with any foreign-returnee, thus triggering apprehensions that they could be the first cases of community transmission of the virus.

Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the head of Bangladesh's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) said the coronavirus “may have spread at the community level, but on a limited scale”.

The two persons who tested positive had not come in direct contact with anyone who had travelled abroad or returned from a foreign country recently. “The source of their infection is not known,” said the IEDCR Director.

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The area where the suspected community transmission had taken place has been locked down, and all its residents isolated.

Bangladesh has so far reported 39 Covid-19 positive cases, of who five have died. Nine have recovered and 25 are still undergoing treatment.

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