Coronavirus Scare

Travel abroad carefully

IEDCR urges all

Staff Correspondent

24 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Travel abroad carefully

The health directorate has urged people to travel abroad carefully and follow its health rules to avoid contracting Covid-19.

“Rapid spread of Covid-19 in some countries outside China and finding no source of infection of the virus has made it difficult to control Covid-19. In this situation, we urge all to follow the advice of the health directorate to prevent the infection,” said Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Director of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

She made the statement at a press conference at IEDCR in the city’s Mohakhali on Sunday.

She said people should not travel abroad until there is an emergency.

The condition of five Bangladeshis infected with the novel coronavirus in Singapore is unchanged, she said.

According to the IEDCR, it has received 2129 inquiry calls over coronavirus since January 21. Of them, some 79 have so far undergone tests for coronavirus. But no one has been diagnosed with the virus yet.

A total of 291,126 people have been screened at the ports in Bangladesh till Sunday. For information, one may call the IEDCR hotlines —01937110011, 01937000011, 01927711784 and 01927711785.

China reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new infections continued to rise in other countries, reports

Chinese authorities said the mainland had 397 new confirmed cases on Friday, down from 889 a day earlier. The numbers surged elsewhere, though, with outbreaks worsening in South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon.

In South Korea, authorities said on Saturday the number of new infections had doubled to 433, and suggested the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the centre of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms.

The World Health Organisation welcomed the reported decline in new Chinese cases, but said it was concerned about the number of new infections elsewhere with no clear link to China such as travel history or contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, as the disease caused by the virus is known.