Desk | 20 March 2020 | 9:31 pm
The Election commission is going to hold by-elections to three parliamentary constituencies –Dhaka-10, Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4—on Saturday amid the concern over the outbreak of coronavirus. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-10 while traditional ballot papers in Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4.
But Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, the additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said there is a risk of coronavirus infection if the voting is held using the electronic voting machines or EVMs.
She made the remarks at a press conference on Friday. Nasima said coronavirus can be spread with the voting through EVMs if the hand sanitizer is not properly used. “Using the EVM system is definitely risky as many people will touch the same machines.”
She said three more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours as of Friday 3pm. With the fresh cases, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 20.
The fresh infected people include two male and one female. Among them, condition of a man, aged about 70, is critical and he has been kept at the ICU, Nasima said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced the first death of a septuagenarian patient who was infected by his daughter who lives in Italy.
On March 8, the IEDCR announced for the first time the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh.