COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh
COVID-19 outbreak Bangladesh district wise cases map.svg
District wise COVID-19 epidemiological map of confirmed cases (as of 6 May)
  No confirmed case
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Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseDhaka
Arrival date8 March 2020
(2 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases18,863
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Bangladesh in March 2020.

Cases[change | change source]

The first three known cases were reported on 7 March 2020 by the country's epidemiology institute IEDCR.[2] Infections remained low until the end of March but saw a large rise in April.[3] In the week of 11 April, new cases in Bangladesh grew 1,155%, the highest in Asia, ahead of Indonesia with 186%.[4]

As of 14 May 2020, there are a total of 18,863 confirmed cases besides 3,361 recovered & 283 deaths in the country[5] of which 14 people have died in the last 24 hours.

Criticisms[change | change source]

Experts criticised the lack of amount of tests performed in the country that has a population of over 160 million.[6][7]

Newspaper reports and social media continued to report about additional deaths of patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Some of the deceased were treated at COVID-19 isolation centres at hospitals in the districts and others were denied treatment, though no tests were given to confirm contagion.[8]

Response[change | change source]

On 22 March, Bangladesh declared a 10-day shut down effective from 26 March to 4 April.[9] This was later increased to 5 May[10][11]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Covid-19 Status Bangladesh". Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. "Bangladesh confirms its first three cases of coronavirus". Reuters. 2020-03-08. Archived from the original on 27 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  3. 20-fold rise in Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh since April 1, Dhaka Tribune, 14 April 2020.
  4. Mint Covid Tracker: India’s corona trajectory has tapered this week but still remains steeper than Asian peers, livemint, 11 April 2020.
  5. Research (IEDCR), Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and. করোনা ইনফো. (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-05-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Covid-19 pandemic: Testing remains low despite having enough kits in stock". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-03-29. Archived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  7. "Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry". -US. Archived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  8. "Six die with coronavirus symptoms, no new case reported in Bangladesh". New Age. Archived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  9. "Coronavirus: Bangladesh declares public holiday from March 26 to April 4". Dhaka Tribune. 2020-03-23. Archived from the original on 23 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  10. "Bangladesh has extended lockdown by 11 days". Oman Observer. 2020-04-11. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  11. Kamrul Hasan; and Ashif Islam Shaon (8 March 2020). "First 3 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Bangladesh". Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)