A number of people have been arrested in Chandpur, Khagrachhari, Chattogram, Dhaka and Kishoregqnj districts on charges of spreading rumours about coronavirus.
Besides, a list of around 50 social media accounts have been sent to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to close those and take action, said Assistant Inspector General (AIG-Media) of Police Headquarters Md Sohel Rana.
He, however, did not disclose the number of arrested people in connection with spreading rumours.
“We’re also working at the moment to identify and locate those involved in spreading rumours from 82 other accounts, pages and sites,” the AIG said, adding that a drive is on to arrest some other people accused of spreading rumours.
Nine naval ships of Bangladesh Navy have been involved in alerting the fishermen, who are fishing in the sea and rivers of coastal areas, and creating awareness among their family members to maintain social distance and prevent coronavirus infection.
The members of the Navy are alerting the fishermen, who are fishing by small and large trawlers and fishing boats, through loudspeaker.
Besides, they are also providing advice and guidance on awareness issues among their (fishermen) families, said Assistant Director of ISPR Reza-ul- Karim Shammi.
Masks and disinfectant soap are being provided among the fishermen to ensure their safety. Moreover, various relief materials, including rice, pulses, are being also provided to the poor and destitute people to cope with the situation following coronavirus, he said.
Navy ships--BNS Bangabandhu and BNS Nirmul are deployed in the sea area of Saint Martin, BNS Nirbhoy in Coxs Bazar, BNS Saikat in Kutubdia, BNS Padma in Pathorghata, LCT-104 in Barguna, LCU-03 in Bhasanchar, Dholeshowry in Paira port Tista in Chandpur, for the awareness of fishermen.
It is important to note that the contingents of the Navy have been deployed in sea and coastal areas “in aid to civil Power” to prevent coronavirus outbreak following government instruction from March 25.
Awareness activities of the Navy will be continued until improvement of the overall situation of the country.
Four people, including a student and a teenage girl, have died with flu-like symptoms in Dhaka, Sylhet and Pirojpur districts.
In Dhaka, two people, Pannu Mia, 58, and Faisal, 40, suffering from cold and fever, died in Keraniganj and Nawabganj upazilas on Monday.
Pannu Mia, 58, a rickshaw-puller, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka, died around 11:50pm, said Health and Family Planning Officer of Nawabganj Upazila Health Complex Dr Mohammad Shahidul Islam.
Pannu with cough, fever and respiratory problem went to the hospital on Monday afternoon, he said, adding that he was sent to the ICU unit as his condition deteriorated.
As Pannu’s condition worsened further, he was sent to Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital at Uttara in the capital where he died.
Besides, three people, including an elderly man aged about 85, have been kept at the isolation unit of Nababganj Upazila Health Complex, said Dr Shahidul.
Besides, Faisal, son of Nasir Uddin of Mandail, had been suffering from fever and cold for the last 20 days.
Family members took him to different hospitals in Dhaka but failed to admit him to any of them. He died on Monday evening.
Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station, said they have heard about the death of Faisal.
In Pirojpur, a student who appeared at this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, died at Dakkhin Purba Dhawa village in Bhandaria upazila on Tuesday after suffering from fever, cold and sore throat.
The deceased was identified as Sabuj Hawladar, 17, son of Aziz Hawladar of the village.
Dr HM Zahirul Islam, a health officer of Bhandaria Upazila Health Complex, said Sabuj had been suffering from fever, cold, cough and sore throat for the last four days.
When his family informed the matter to the hospital over phone in the morning, the authorities concerned asked them to take Sabuj to the hospital, he said, adding that but family members kept him at home where he died in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Sabuj’s samples were sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka for determining whether he was infected with coronavirus or not.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Bhandaria Nazmul Alam said the local administration put the whole village under lockdown following the death of the boy.
In Sylhet, a teenage girl who had been suffering from fever, cough and sore throat died at the isolation unit of Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital in Sylhet on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Julefa Begum, 16, hailing from Jalalpur village of Balaganj upazila.
Dr Premananda Mondal, civil surgeon of the district, said the girl died around 2pm just three hours after she was admitted to the hospital. “We’ll send throat swab of the deceased to Dhaka for test,” he added.
Meanwhile, Assistant Director of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital Dr Himangshu Lal Roy claimed the death to be a natural one.
“The body will be handed over to the family as per the regular practice,” he added.
Few days ago, an overseas returnee died while being treated at the isolation unit of the hospital. But she tested negative for Covid-19 later.
Two more people have tested positive in Bangladesh for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 51.
Of them, 21 patients are currently under treatment while five died and 25 others have made recovery.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from COVID-19 disease caused by coronavirus jumped to 37,814 as of Tuesday.
Social Welfare Ministry and Dhaka District Administration on Tuesday jointly distributed relief materials among 200 homeless people of Gulistan and Polashi areas in the capital.
Deputy Director of Social Services Department Rokonul Hoque and Executive Magistrate of the Dhaka District Administration distributed the relief items.
Each person was given 5 kg rice, 2 kg potatoes, a kg lentil, half kg soybean and a soap.
Meanwhile, Islami Andolon Bangladesh's Ameer and Charmonai Pir Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim also distributed relief materials among a number of poor people and day labourers on Tuesday.
“We request rich people to come forward to assist the poor since they can’t work due to Coronavirus outbreak. I urge our leaders and activists to stand by the poor people of the country in this situation and help them,” he also said.
Rezaul Karim also urged general people to pray to almighty Allah and offer prayers to remain safe from the deadly disease.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday urged the house owners to consider the monthly rents of industrial sector workers with sympathy amid the global crisis over coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak.
The minister came up with the request in a press statement.
The export-oriented industries of the country have fallen into crisis due to the pandemic that also left workers in great trouble, he said.
“ I’m urging the house owners to consider the rents of workers with sympathy.Our industrious workers would be able to overcome the crisis and contribute significantly in the export sector in future if we act compassionately,” Munshi said.