DHAKA, April 4 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank has approved a fast-track 100 million U.S. dollars financing to help Bangladesh fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the total number of confirmed cases in country reached 70 on Saturday.
Bangladesh's COVID-19 death toll rose to eight, with two more fatalities and nine new cases reported on Saturday in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily jump in positive cases over a 24-hour period, according to Meerjady Sabrina Flora, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) under the Health Ministry.
Of the latest two coronavirus victims, one was 90-year old and the other was 68 years. Samples from 434 persons were tested in the last 24 hours across the country, the health official said.
The World Bank project aims to help Bangladesh prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its national systems for public health emergencies.
"This project will support the implementation of Bangladesh's national plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic," said the bank.
"It will help strengthen the country's response by ensuring that effective surveillance and diagnostic systems are in place and that medical supplies, personal protective equipment, ventilators and isolation units are available in designated hospitals."
"The World Bank is working closely with the government of Bangladesh to fight the spread of COVID-19," said Mercy Tembon, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.