Desk | 19 March 2020 | 7:27 pm
Three more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection in Bangladesh, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Prof Abul Kalam Azar, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services(DGHS), came up with the disclosure at a regular media briefing.
With the fresh cases, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 17. The three new patients are from the same family, Prof Azad said.
Of them, two are male while one is female. The male victims are aged 65 and 32 while the female one is aged 22, he said, adding that one of them returned from Italy.
Bangladesh reported its first death from the coronavirus on Wednesday when an elderly man has died from the Covid-19 disease in the country.
On March 8, the IEDCR announced for the first time the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh. Of them, two were Italy returnees while the third one was the wife of one of them. However, all of them have already recovered from the disease.
On March 14, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said two more coronavirus cases were detected in the country. On Monday, the IEDCR announced the detection of three more patients from the same family while two more on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus or COVID-19 has climbed to 8,967 globally as of Thursday. It has so far infected 219,240 people around the world, according to worldometer.
Of them, 124,528 are currently being treated with 6,815 being in serious or critical condition. So far, 94,712 cases had outcomes and of them, 85,745 (91 percent) recovered and 9 percent died.
COVID-19 is affecting 176 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.