State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah, who died minutes after he was taken to a city hospital, had been infected with the coronavirus.
Personal secretary of the deputy minister Khandkar Yasir Arefin confirmed the news citing Covid-19 test results.Abdullah, a central leader of the Ruling Awami League, died at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital at 11:45pm on Saturday at the CMH after suffering a heart attack.
He will be buried in Gopalganj following a janaja on Sunday, Arefin said.
Earlier, Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary Nurul Islam said he was admitted to Dhaka CMH with chest pain.
Later, he died after suffering a cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, he added.
The technocrat state minister was born at Kekania village of Gopalganj on September 8, 1945.