Bangladesh reports fifth death from COVID-19, community transmission happening

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-25 15:27:47|Editor: xuxin
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DHAKA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh on Wednesday reported the country's fifth death related to COVID-19.

Professor Meerjady Sabrina Flora, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) under the Health Ministry, said at an online press briefing that the 65-year-old man was hospitalized prior to his death on Wednesday morning and had "diabetes and hypertension."

The man is thought to have been infected following contact with someone who had recently returned home from abroad, the IEDCR chief said, noting community transmission of COVID-19 is now happening in the country but still on a small scale.

Meanwhile, the IEDCR chief said no new COVID-19 cases were reported in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours.

Of the total 39 cases in the country so far, seven patients have recovered.

Bangladesh on Tuesday announced the country's fourth death related to COVID-19.