Bangladesh today confirmed three more cases of novel coronavirus in the country.
"Three new patients were diagnosed with the virus in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number to 27," Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora made the disclosure in a briefing today.
Among them, two returned from abroad and another one is connected with a Bangladeshi expat, she added.
"Among the 27 infected persons in the country, two died and five got cured from the virus. 40 patients have been taken to isolation at different hospitals and IEDCR collected 65 samples in last 24 hours," she added.
Dr Flora also said, "Sample of the UK-returnee patient, who died in Sylhet today, has been collected."
She also said, "It is too early to say the virus has reached to community transmission level as we need more information regarding it."
The IEDCR chief, however, said five COVID-19 patients have recovered, so far.
"As I do every day, I'm discouraging all kinds of public gatherings, meetings and rallies. People also should avoid public transport and try to keep a meter of distance from each other," Flora said.
"We have made arrangements to quarantine 10 lakh patients and we have 13,000 testing kits. Ventilator service is currently available at Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital. We will add 100 more ventilators very soon," said Health Secretary Asadul Islam.
Bangladesh reported its first death from coronavirus on March 18 and second death on March 21.