Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said people have got astonished at the fraudulence by two hospitals in coronavirus sample testing.
He made the remark while briefing reporters online from his official residence.
Quader urged the authorities concerned to bring all the accused under justice soon after investigations.
Quader, also Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government neither spared wrongdoers in the past nor will do in the future.
About cattle markets before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, Quader said permission will not be given to arrange animal markets whimsically at any place beside highways.
Over the experts’ fear about coronavirus transmission during Eid, Quader said the national Technical Advisory Committee has advised not to allow setting up animal markets in some districts.
It will bring good reuslts if their advice is followed properly, Quader added.
Health authorities in Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 47 more COVID-19 deaths, brining the total death toll to 2,352.
Besides, another 2,666 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning, mounting the country’s total infections to 1,83,795.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at its daily health bulletin.
The health authorities also reported recovery of 5, 580 patients during the period, taking the number of total recovered patients to 93,614.
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Meanwhile, there are now over 12.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases globally, with over 565,000 fatalities and more than 6.9 million recoveries, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.
A suspected yaba trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) early Sunday in Keyali Canal area nearing No-14 Bridge in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.
The deceased was identified as Md Syed Alam, 35, son of Md Syed Ahmed of Teknaf Municipality.
Lt Col Mohammad Foysal Hasan Khan, commander, Teknaf BGB-2, said tipped off that a big consignment of drugs would enter Bangladesh from Myanmar, a patrol team of BGB took position in the area at around 2 am.
BGB members noticed a man entered Bangladesh from Mynmar by swimming in the Naf River and met two people waiting there.
As soon as the BGB men chased them all, the drug traders opened fire on the BGB men, forcing them to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight, he added.
Later, BGB members found bullet injured Syed Alam and took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex . He was later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A LG gun including a round of cartridge and 40,000 Yaba pills were recovered from the spot.
Chittagong University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shirin Akhter, five family members and two caretakers of her residence were infected with coronavirus.
“Seven of the 12 people of the VC’s house tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday night.” said Prof SM Monirul Hasan, CU Registrar (acting).
Their samples were collected and tested at the university’s laboratory, he added.
Earlier on July 14, the Chittagong University was put under lockdown after 13 people including CU VC’s personal secretary and deputy registrar tested positive for the virus.
A CU notification on Saturday , said that the VC conducted different activities in the university area after it was put under lockdown to protect the teachers, officers and staff of the university from infection.
The CU VC is supposed to be shifted to Chattogram Combined Military Hospital on Sunday for better treatment.
Bangladesh has so far reported 181,129 coronavirus cases and 2,305 deaths from it.
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After a recession for a few days, all the rivers in Kurigram district started flowing beyond the danger signal on Sunday morning.
According to Kurigram Water Development Board (WDB), Brahmaputra flowed 5cm and 10cm above the danger mark at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively, while Dharla flowed 42cm beyond the red level at Bridge Point in the morning.
Meanwhile, riverbank erosion has taken a serious turn at 19 points of the district, said WDB executive engineer Md Ariful Islam. “We’re trying to stop the erosion by throwing geobags right now,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Rezaul Karim said they have prepared schools as shelter centres in the district for flood-hit people.
All the Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), local union parishad chairmen and members were directed to evacuate people and bring them to shelter centres, he added.
He also said enough relief goods are there in stock for the flood victims.
On Thursday, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said 23 districts have so far been hit by floods.
The government has allocated 8,210 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 2.22 crore cash, 40,000 dry food and other food packets, Tk 40 lakh each for cattle feed and baby food for the 20 flood-hit districts, he said.