375 Bangladeshis die of COVID-19 in Saudi

Representational image. Employees wear a protective maskes as they sort out boxes at the warehouse of Naqel Company Express, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 9 June 2020
Representational image. Employees wear a protective maskes as they sort out boxes at the warehouse of Naqel Company Express, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 9 June 2020Reuters
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A total of 375 expatriate Bangladeshis, including four physicians, have so far died of the novel coronavirus or with its symptom in Saudi Arabia since the outbreak of the pandemic, said Bangladesh ambassador in Riyad Golam Moshi today.

Disclosing the Bangladeshi death toll in Saudi Arabia, the ambassador expressed his deep condolence at demise of all Bangladeshi nationals including expatiates with the virus while attending an online meeting with officials of Bangladesh embassy in Riyad, consulate in Jeddah and Hajj missions, according to a message received in Dhaka.

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The ambassador said Bangladesh missions in Saudi Arabia so far provided food support to 30,000 distressed expatriate Bangladeshis in the oil-rich nation that hosts around 2.1 million migrant Bangladesh nationals.

Besides, he said 60 physicians have been providing telemedicine support to Bangladeshi expatriates residing across the Saudi Arabia while the Bangladesh missions there are facilitating expats in admitting into the hospitals.

The Bangladesh missions in Saudi Arabia also remain open for providing passport services to the expatriates as well as facilitating chartered aircraft to repatriate Bangladesh nationals those have opted to go back home in this crisis period.

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The Bangladesh envoy thanked the Saudi Arabian King to provide free of cost treatment to Bangladeshi patients with the coronavirus.

In Bangladesh, the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases exceeded 100,000 today as 3,803 more people tested positive overnight while 38 more fatalities were reported during the period, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 1,343.

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