Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has tested positive for Covid-19 but her condition remained stable.
Along with the BNP chief, eight members of her personal staff, who stay at her Feroza residence in Gulshan of the capital, have also been infected with coronavirus, party sources said.“Madam Khaleda Zia has undergone the coronavirus test. The report has come back positive,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press briefing at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Sunday.
He said Khaleda’s sample was collected on Saturday and it was tested at the icddr,b lat in the capital. “She is now in a stable condition and doing well. She has no body temperature and other symptoms. Her treatment has already started under the supervision of her physicians,” he said.
Fakhrul also urged the country’s people to pray for the BNP chief’s early recovery.
Asked whether Khaleda’s staff members were infected with coronavirus, he said he knows nothing in this regard.
However, Khaleda’s personal physician Dr Mamun while talking to reporters said eight of her staff members have also been infected with coronavirus and they are now taking treatment staying in isolation.
“One of her staff members caught fever 5-6 days back. Then he tested positive for coronavirus. Later, 5-6 other staffers who reside in the same room underwent the test and their reports also came back positive. Under such a situation, we arranged test for the madam (Khaleda) for her safety,” he said.Replying to a query, Dr Mamun said the condition of Khaleda and others are now stable. “We’ve kept all hospital facilities in her (Khaleda’s) residence for her treatment. At the same time, we’ve have also kept a cabin ready at a private hospital in the capital,” he added.
Khaleda, 76, has long been suffering from arthritis, diabetes, eye problems and other aging-related complications.
She has been staying in her residence while her domestic help Fatema is accompanying her. Some security guards and other personal staff also stay at the residence.
Her sister Selina Islam, younger brother Shamim Eskandar and his wife Kaniz Fatema regularly visit her.
Khaleda’s elder son Tarique Rahman, acting chairman of BNP, his wife Zobaida Rahman and daughter Zaima Rahman and her late son Arafat Rahman Koko’s wife and daughters have been staying in London for long.
The BNP chief was freed from jail on March 25 last year after the government suspended her jail sentences for six months. The government later extended the suspension of the jail sentences twice.