929 die with COVID-19 like symptoms since March 8: reports



At least 929 people died in Bangladesh with COVID-19 like symptoms since March 8, says a report of Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) of Dhaka University.

The report jointly prepared by Bangladesh Peace Observatory (BPO) — a UNDP funded research facility — and a team of CGS, was published on Tuesday.

The report was made based on newspaper reports published between March 8 and May 12, said CGS.

The report mentioned that of the deaths, at least 33 incidents of ignorance of medical professionals to treat non-COVID-19 patients happened.

There are also eight incidents of forced eviction from home, 23 cases of abandonment from family and colleagues, it said.

Meanwhile, two persons committed suicide because of social stigma, the report added.

Additionally, it recorded that there were as many as 79 incidents of spreading rumour while 84 arrests were made for spreading rumours.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) today recorded that the death toll due to coronavirus in Bangladesh reached 269 including 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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