Virus infection among professionals rises, former secretary dies

Virus infection among professionals rises, former secretary dies

The infection rate among the professional groups, including police, administrative services and Bangladesh Ansar and VDP, is increasing gradually as one retired secretary died of COVID-19 at a Dhaka hospital on Sunday. 

Former secretary M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury died of coronavirus at Mugda hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh Administrative Service Association president and senior secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said.

Bazlul, 61, who died about 11:30am, was under treatment at the hospital for last the 15 days, Helal said.

Born in Rajbari district, Bazlul was an admin cadre official of 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service. 

The Bangladesh Administrative Service Association expressed condolence at the death of Bazlul, who held different positions, including deputy commissioner of Tangail, divisional commissioner of Dhaka and chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha.

An updated list of the Association showed 27 officials, including 10 assistant commissioners in Dhaka and outside had been suffering from COVID-19 until May 28, while 40 others recovered.

The Association said seven administration services – serving or retired – officials died of COVID-19 between April 6 and May 28.

With the death of Bazlul, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in administration now reached eight.

Meanwhile, record 510 police personnel, mostly outside the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, tested positive in 48 hours until Sunday noon, said the authorities at the police headquarters.

Of the 510 new cases among police, only 70 were from the DMP while the rest were from different districts, which, officials said indicated a major shift in the infection trend.

According to police headquarters statistics, a total of 4,868 police personnel tested positive until Sunday afternoon, which included the new cases and among them 1,652 are from DMP.

On May 10, the number of total infected police from the DMP was 745 out of total 1,594 infected police personnel. On May 20, the number of infected policemen rose to 2,895.

At least 15 police personnel have died of COVID-19 in a month since April 28, when the first death was reported in the force. 

The deceased police members are ranked from constable to inspector, and 11 out of 15 died during their posting at the DMP or Dhaka.

The headquarters assistant inspector general (media and public relations) Sohel Rana said that 34.39 per cent of the total affected policemen recovered from the viral infection and returned home.

Statistics showed 1,801 policemen recovered as of May 30 from various police medical facilities.

Mehenaz Tabassum Rebin, a deputy director of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP, in a statement, said that a total of 340 of their members, including a senior officer tested positive until May 30 and 284 of them were posted in Dhaka and on duty with police.

At least 104 personnel so far recovered. Only 12 personnel tested positive in 24 hours on May 30.

On May 11, an Ansar member died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

A total of 524 members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP were on institutional quarantine while 177 others were currently taking treatment at different hospitals in the capital, she said.

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