648 self-quarantined in Chandpur: Official

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 20:00, Mar 13, 2020 | Updated : 20:04, Mar 13, 2020

The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, US Jan 29, 2020. MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoAlthough no-one has tested positive for coronavirus, a total of 648 Bangladeshi expatriates who returned home recently from abroad have been kept in home-quarantine in Chandpur.
The expatriates are kept isolated in eight upazilas of the district till Friday (Mar 13) as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus, reports UNB.
Mohammad Abdullah Al Mahmud Zaman, the additional deputy commissioner of Chandpur, said the Bangladeshi nationals returned home from different countries in the last 15-16 days.
All of them have been placed in self-isolation at their respective homes following the detection of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, he said. “They’ve been advised to stay at their respective homes for 14 days.”
Zaman, however, said no-one of the Bangladeshi expatriates tested positive for coronavirus.
He also informed that leaflets are being distributed among people at bus stands, launch terminals, and educational institutions in all eight upazilas of the district to make people aware about Covid-19 disease.
Civil Surgeon of the district Md Sakhawat Ullah told UNB that medical teams are ready in all the upazilas to tackle any situation while local representatives have been creating awareness in their respective areas.
Besides, the death toll from the coronavirus has crossed 5,000 globally as of Friday evening.