Bangladesh Defence Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury on Monday died at a hospital here due to the novel coronavirus, the government has confirmed
Dhaka: Bangladesh Defence Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury on Monday died at a hospital here due to the novel coronavirus, the government has confirmed. Chowdhury died during treatment in Dhaka's Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at 9.30 a.m. Monday, bdnews24 quoted Selina Haque, Additional Secretary to the Defence Ministry, as saying.
He was admitted at CMH on May 29 after testing positive for COVID-19 and was put into the intensive care unit on June 6 when his condition deteriorated, Bhasani Mirza, administrative officer of the secretary, told The Daily Star newspaper.
He was on placed on ventilation support on June 18 as his condition deteriorated, he added.
Chowdhury became Defence Secretary in January and on June 14, the government promoted him to the senior secretary post of the Ministry of Defence.
As of Monday morning, Bangladesh reported a total of 137,787 COVID-19 cases, one of the worst-hit in South Asia, with 1,738 deaths (IANS)
Bangladesh has registered 4,014 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection, the most in a daily count, bringing the tally to 141,801.
The death toll from COVID-19 surged to 1,783 after 45 new fatalities were recorded in the 24 hours to 8am Monday, according to the health directorate.
Another 2,053 infected patients recovered at home and in hospital care in the same period, raising the total to 57,780, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing on Monday.
The rate of recovery from the disease currently stands at 40.75 percent while the mortality rate is 1.26 percent, according to government data.
As many as 17,837 samples were tested at 65 authorised labs across the country in the last 24 hours, 22.5 percent of which returned positive results, said Nasima.