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Tackling the Pandemic COVID-19: The Bangladesh Perspective

Version 1 : Received: 20 April 2020 / Approved: 21 April 2020 / Online: 21 April 2020 (09:34:19 CEST)

How to cite: Islam, M.T.; Talukder, A.K.; Siddiqui, M.N.; Islam, T. Tackling the Pandemic COVID-19: The Bangladesh Perspective. Preprints 2020, 2020040384 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0384.v1). Islam, M.T.; Talukder, A.K.; Siddiqui, M.N.; Islam, T. Tackling the Pandemic COVID-19: The Bangladesh Perspective. Preprints 2020, 2020040384 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0384.v1).

Abstract

An outbreak of a pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by a novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has posed a serious threat to human health and the economy of the whole world. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which has also come under the attack of this viral disease. This perspective report aimed to describe the responses of Bangladesh to tackle the COVID-19, particularly on how Bangladesh is dealing with this novel viral disease with limited resources. The first case of a COVID-19 patient was detected in Bangladesh on March 8, 2020. Since then, a total of 2,144 peoples are officially reported as COVID-19 infected with 84 deaths. To combat the COVID-19, the government has taken various steps to tackle the epidemic outbreak of it such as diagnosis of the suspected cases, quarantine of doubted people and isolation of infected patients, local or regional lockdown, grant general leave from all offices for staying home of people, increase public awareness and enforce social distancing and so on. In addition, to address the socio-economic situations, the government announced several financial stimulus packages of about USD 11.17 billion. However, very limited diagnostic facilities, health workers, resources such as hospital beds, personal protective equipment, intensive care unit, and ventilators in the hospitals along with limited public unawareness are the major challenges for Bangladesh to tackle the situation effectively. This report described the responses of Bangladesh to tackle the COVID-19 and discusses prevailing challenges to mitigate this highly contagious disease with limited resources.

Subject Areas

SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Bangladesh; Pandemic; stimulus package

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