A young man with symptoms of novel coronavirus died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Saturday night.
The deceased was identified as Al Amin, 22, son of Moklesur Rahman, hailing from Alankar Dighi village of Raninagar upazila in Naogaon .
His Moklesur Rahman said Al Amin worked as a clothes shop assistant in Narayanganj. He returned home with severe cold, fever and asthma on Saturday morning.
As the villagers objected to keep him home, they took him to Naogaon Sadar Hospital but the doctors there declined to treat him and sent them back.
They were also turned away from Adamdighi Upazila Health Complex in Bogura.
Later, with the assistance of Raninagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Al Mamun, the patient was admitted to Raninagar Upazila Health Complex and was later shifted to Naogaon Sadar Hospital and finally to RMCH.
RMCH doctors declared him around 9:30pm, the father added.
Dr Saiful Ferdous, Deputy Director of RMCH, said Al Amin was admitted with symptoms of novel coronavirus but he had been suffering from meningitis.
The body of the deceased was handed over to the family on that night.
Meanwhile, two other persons suffering from coronavirus symptoms died at a hospital in Barishal.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 48 cases and five coronavirus deaths. No new case was reported in the last 48 hours, the government said Sunday.
As countries are locking borders to contain the spread of coronavirus, 203 Bangladeshis returned home from India through Satkhira's Bhomra Land port in the last 48 hours.
Bishwajit Sarkar, officer-in-charge of Bhomra immigration police, said 113 of them entered the country on Saturday and 90 on Friday.
All of them have been advised to stay complete 14-day home quarantine, he added.
Although Bangladeshis entered through the border, ‘no Indian was permitted to enter’ Bangladesh since March 24, the OC said.
According to Bhomra Land Port Immigration sources, altogether 1,536 Bangladeshis entered the country through the border between March 1 and 28.
Prof Anisur Rahim, convener, Satkhira District Nagarik Committee, said the administration must ensure 14-day strict home quarantine for all of these returnees.
"The situation will be devastating if the administration fails to do so," he said.
All valid visas issued by the Indian High Commission or the Assistant High Commissions of India in Bangladesh on or before March 12 remained suspended from March 13 to till April 15.
Bangladesh declared a 10-day general holiday from March 26 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Armed Forces were deployed on March 25 to help the civil administration ensure that people maintain social distancing and coronavirus suspects remain in quarantine.
Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is affecting 199 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
It has infected 663,741 people globally and killed 30,880 of them so far -- a mortality rate of 18 percent, according to Worldometer. But 142,183 of the patients have recovered while 490,678 are undergoing treatment. Of them, 25,207 patients are in critical condition.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 48 COVID-19 cases and five deaths.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson has urged the British nationals to consider available options as they are encouraged to return to the UK.
In a video message, he said the Government of Bangladesh and Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Bangladesh.
But they also announced that those flights plan to resume on April 7, he said.
"So if you’re booked on those flights, or are a British citizen considering your options, I urge you now to do two things. The first is to get in urgent touch with Biman or your travel agent, and make sure that if you were booked on those flights, you can be rebooked on those flights beginning again on the 7th of April," said the British High Commissioner.
He said the second thing he is urging them to do is to stay in very close touch with the travel advice which the High Commission updates daily. "And we’ll be sure to bring you the very latest information as soon as we have it from the Government and from Biman Airlines about their plans."
The British High Commissioner said they are all over the world, dealing with an unprecedented crisis in Covid-19 and on March 17 the British Foreign Secretary took the unprecedented step of advising all British citizens against all non-essential travel anywhere in the world.
"Since then we in the High Commission here in Dhaka have been encouraging British citizens to return to the UK as soon as they can on the commercial flights which are available," he said.