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Mar 08, 2020

Bangladesh reports 3 cases of Coronavirus for first time as nations across world fight its spread

Nations across the world are fighting the Coronavirus as new cases have been reported from various parts. 

In India, five fresh confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus were reported from Kerala today taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 39. Briefing media in New Delhi, Special Secretary, Ministry of Health Sanjeeva Kumar said the family has travel history to Italy and they returned to Kochi via Doha. 

The Secretary said, Government is keeping a close watch on the situation and a number of measures have been taken to contain the spread of COVID 19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday taken a review meeting and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is constantly reviewing the situation on a day to day basis. Mr Kumar said that the Cabinet Secretary took a review meeting today and this was the sixteenth such meeting to review the situation. He said the preparations to bring Indian citizens from Iran were elaborately discussed in today's meeting.

Since the disease has spread over more than 90 countries with over one lakh cases worldwide, the states and union territories have been asked to enhance community surveillance. In view of rising cases from France, the US, and Spain, it was decided to have dedicated aerobridges of these countries also in addition to the 12 countries.

Health Ministry has also asked people to be aware of when to use a mask. Healthy people only need to wear a mask if they are taking care of a person with suspected novel coronavirus infection. People should also wear masks if they are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Before putting on a mask, hands must be cleaned with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 

Bangladesh has reported confirmed cases of Coronavirus for the first time today. Three Bangladeshis have been found positive for Corona Virus COVID 19 infection. Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR) Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora confirmed that three Bangladeshis have been found positive for Corona Virus COVID 19 infection. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people not to panic and advised to maintain cleanliness and follow instructions. 

Bangladesh has restricted the entry of people from Italy, South Korea, Japan and Kuwait into the country without corona-free medical certificates with them. Incoming passengers to the country are also being monitored at the airport and seaports of Bangladesh.

In Iran, the health ministry reported 49 new deaths from the novel coronavirus today, the highest within 24 hours since the start of the outbreak in the country. The new count brings the number of those killed by the virus in the country to 194, one of the highest tolls outside of China. The virus has spread to all of Iran's 31 provinces with over 6,500 confirmed cases.

In South Korea, 272 new COVID-19 cases have been reported today, taking the number to over 7000, the highest outside China. The numbers are the lowest daily reported numbers in more than a week. 

Hundreds of churches across the country closed their doors today and held online services. Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed over the contagion, with school and kindergarten breaks extended by three weeks nationwide. 

In the US, a cruise ship hit by coronavirus was given permission late yesterday to dock, while New York announced a state of emergency as confirmed cases across the country crossed 400. The Grand Princess cruise ship has recorded 21 COVID-19 infections on board, out of 45 people tested. The ship's crew will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship. 

The fast-spreading virus has already reached 30 in US states, killing at least 19 people, while the American capital announced its first case yesterday. Public events are being canceled across the country. 


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