An 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 Dhaka 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 added.
"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," Himangshu said before adding there are three other people in the isolation unit of the district hospital.