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Covid-19: 38 prisoners, guards infected so far

  • Published at 08:04 pm May 20th, 2020
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As of Wednesday, Bangladesh had confirmed 26,738 coronavirus cases, with the death toll rising to 386 after 16 new fatalities were reported

Some 38 prisoners and guards have tested positive for Covid-19 so far in jails across Bangladesh since the pandemic broke out back in March.

Assistant Inspector General (prisons) Md Manzoor Hossain told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday that four guards from Narayanganj jail and two guards and one jail assistant from Sylhet jail had tested positive for Covid-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“They all are undergoing treatment in different hospitals and have been kept in isolation in their respective areas,” he said.

“A total of 311 prisoners and prison guards are currently under home and institutional quarantine across the country. Meanwhile, seven of those infected have so far recovered from the virus,” he said.

Earlier on May 10, Ahmed Hossain, 55,  a prisoner at Sylhet jail, died with Covid-19 symptoms. His samples were collected for testing and later it was known that he had been infected by the deadly virus. 

As of Wednesday, Bangladesh had confirmed 26,738 coronavirus cases, with the death toll rising to 386 after 16 new fatalities were reported.

Till now the fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 325,000 lives and infected more than 5,015,000 people globally, according to Worldometer.

As many as 1,979,223 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 210 countries and territories across the world.

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