Coronavirus: Bangladesh cleric tests positive after leading prayers at mosque
Bangladesh authorities are making a list of around 20-25 people who attended the prayers and health workers who collected their samples and they will be tested for any symptom of the virus.
An imam of a mosque has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus after he conducted Ramadan prayers for a group of nearly two dozen people in southwest Bangladesh.
The cleric led the prayers at a mosque in Adadanga village in Magura district on Saturday and was found to be infected with the disease the following day, reported bdnews24.com
According to the report, authorities are making a list of around 20-25 people who attended the prayers and health workers who collected their samples and they will be tested for any symptom of the virus.
Tanveer Rahman, chief executive officer of Shalikha sub district, was quoted as saying in the report that the cleric's Bagharpara Pashchima village, which is one-and-a-half kilometres from the mosque, has been put under lockdown following the discovery.
Bangladesh reported 5,416 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 145 deaths till Sunday.
The country had on April 6 suspended prayers for the public at mosques in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs issued an emergency notice restricting the congregation in mosques and urging the public to pray at home.
The notice also said that a maximum of 10 people can attend the weekly Friday prayers in mosques. The government also restricted visits to other places of worship.
Bangladesh has decided to extend the nationwide COVID-19 shutdown until May 5 amid warnings of heightening risks of coronavirus infections in the country, including among doctors and healthcare workers.
To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government had initially declared a general holiday on March 26 for 10 days. Later, that was gradually extended till April 25 as the country kept seeing a rise in the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19.