Bangladesh became the last country in South Asia on Sunday to confirm the presence of COVID-19 in its territory, adding to recent announcements of the first cases of coronavirus in Bhutan and Maldives, or to previous cases revealed in Nepal, Pakistan , Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan.
The director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research of Bangladesh, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, reported today in Dhaka the first three cases of coronavirus confirmed in the country.
“The three are citizens of Bangladesh. Two of them returned from Italy,” said Flora, who noted that the third infected is a relative of one of those who had returned from the European country.
This confirmation closes the circle of COVID-19 in South Asia, one of the most populated regions in the world and that, however, keeps for now a low number of virus infections, although many experts believe that the cases without reporting They are much older.
On Saturday the Maldives archipelago also confirmed its first cases of coronavirus, in this case “two foreigners working in the Maldives and who were in direct contact with an Italian tourist (…) who tested positive for the virus after returning to Italy, “the Maldivian government said in a statement.
A day earlier, on Friday, Bhutan also reported his first case in “a 76-year-old man from the United States” who went to the country for tourism, the Bhutan government said.
Neighbor India has confirmed 34 cases of coronavirus in its territory, almost half of them detected in a group of Italian tourists, while Pakistan reported six cases, Afghanistan four, Sri Lanka one, and Nepal, the first country to detect COVID-19 in the region, also one.
According to the latest data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of total cases of coronaviruses in a hundred affected countries amounts to 105,523, of which 80,859 correspond to China.
The other countries with the most cases are South Korea (7,134 cases), Italy (5,883), Iran (5,823) and Germany (795).