Bangladesh’s head of health services, ABM Khurshid Alam, has been positive for the coronavirus novel, a health official said on Saturday.
Speaking to Anadolu Group, Dr Md Robed Amin said Alam, and his office secretary, and Director General of Health Services Mizanur Rahman were positive for the virus on Friday.
The test results of several family members of the secretary came in positive, Amin said.
On February 7. Alam received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca.
The head of the Director General of Health Services developed specifications, Amin said, adding that they are all receiving treatment at their homes.
Bangladesh launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign on February 7, aimed at free admission of 130 million people. More than 4.3 million people have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the country to date, according to the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, Ruhul Alam Chowdhury, vice-chairman of Bangladesh’s main party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, died of the virus on Saturday, according to party sources.
Some 1,868 viral infections and 26 deaths have been reported in the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 568,706 and deaths to 8,668, the Ministry of Health said.
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