COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseNarayanganj & Madaripur (Hospitalized in Dhaka)[1]
Arrival date8 March 2020
Confirmed cases2,046,758[2]
Fatality rate1.44%
  • 151,504,417[2] (total vaccinated)
  • 142,193,302[2] (fully vaccinated)
  • 361,674,828[2] (doses administered)
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.[3] Infections remained low until the end of March but saw a large rise in April.[4] In the week of 11 April, new cases in Bangladesh grew 1,155%, the highest in Asia, ahead of Indonesia with 186%.[5]

As of 14 May 2020, there were a total of 18,863 confirmed cases besides 3,361 recovered & 283 deaths in the country[6] of which 14 people had 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.[7][8]

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.[9]

Response[change | change source]

On 22 March, Bangladesh declared a 10-day shut down effective from 26 March to 4 April.[10] This was later increased to 5 May[11][12]

References[change | change source]

  1. বাংলাদেশে করোনা শনাক্ত. Bangladesh Pratidin (in Bengali). 9 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
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  3. "Bangladesh confirms its first three cases of coronavirus". Reuters. 2020-03-08. Archived from the original on 27 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  4. 20-fold rise in Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh since April 1, Dhaka Tribune, 14 April 2020.
  5. Mint Covid Tracker: India’s corona trajectory has tapered this week but still remains steeper than Asian peers, livemint, 11 April 2020.
  6. "করোনা ইনফো". (in Bengali). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  7. "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.
  8. "Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry". -US. Archived from the original on 30 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  9. "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.
  10. "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.
  11. "Bangladesh has extended lockdown by 11 days". Oman Observer. 2020-04-11. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  12. Kamrul Hasan; Ashif Islam Shaon (8 March 2020). "First 3 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Bangladesh". Dhaka Tribune. Archived from the original on 8 March 2020.