COVID-19: Around 100 healthcare workers including 54 doctors, infected in Bangladesh

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Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,

Around 100 healthcare professionals, including 54 doctors, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country as of Tuesday, 14 April 2020, according to Bangladesh Doctors’ Foundation (BDF).

 

BDF founder and Chief Administrator Dr. Nirupam Das also disclosed that 2 of the doctors are undergoing treatment in ICUs. Meanwhile, 209 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infected has reached 1,012, with a death toll of 46, according to Directorate General of Health Services.

 

Earlier, in a Facebook post on Monday, Dr. Nirupam wrote: “With utmost grief, we are announcing that the number of infected doctors has exceeded 50.” BDF got the information from the authorities concerned, he added.

 

Most of the doctors infected were in Dhaka and Narayanganj- two major clusters of community transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Around 300 health professionals are currently in home quarantine, Dr. Nirupam said.

The latest figures mark a threefold increase in the number of infected health professionals in just three days. Earlier, the BDF estimated that 29 doctors, nurses, and other health workers had contracted the virus as of 11 April 2020.

The two doctors in Dhaka were employed at a private hospital in Moghbazar. After the doctors and five nurses were diagnosed with the virus, the hospital was locked down.

Globally, COVID-19 has so far infected over 1.9 million people and caused more than 121,000 deaths, according to Worldometer.

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