UK returnee susceptible to coronavirus dies at Sylhet hospital

Sylhet Correspondent
Published : 11:21, Mar 22, 2020 | Updated : 11:36, Mar 22, 2020

FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective face mask as he walks past Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain), amidst concerns over coronavirus outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain Mar 14, 2020. REUTERSAn elderly woman, who was admitted to a hospital in Sylhet on suspicion of coronavirus infection, has died.
The 60-year-old UK expatriate died at the isolation unit of Sylhet Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed District Hospital (also known as Sadar hospital) around 4am on Sunday.
Dr Himangshu Lal Roy, deputy director of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital, confirmed the matter to Bangla Tribune. The district hospital is under the supervision of the MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital.
The woman, who returned to Bangladesh on March 4, was admitted to the isolation unit of the hospital on March 20, said Himangshu Lal, also the former civil surgeon of Sylhet.
She had fever, cold, and cough indicating the symptoms of Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, he said.
Officials at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) were supposed to collect samples today (Sunday) from the patient for investigation, he continued.
"Meanwhile, we have informed the institute about the matter and they will collect saliva and other samples from the body to determine the cause of death.
"However, she will be buried as per the IEDCR procedure," Himangshu added.
In Bangladesh, the government has so far confirmed two deaths from the pandemic. At least 24 people have tested positive for coronavirus infection till Sunday.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 13,000 lives and infected over 300,000 people across the world.