Hasan Mahmud. BSS file photo
Hasan Mahmud. BSS file photo

Information minister Hasan Mahmud has been admitted to a hospital in the capital with coronavirus infection, reports UNB.

"The minister was admitted to Square Hospitals in the city on Friday as he tested positive for COVID-19," his personal assistant Kaisarul Alam told UNB.

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Kaisar, however, said the minister is doing well.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh reported 1,527 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases to 386,086 as of Friday.

During the period, 15 coronavirus deaths were recorded, pushing up the death tally to 5,623.

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Bangladesh ministers infected with COVID-19

A number of ministers and state ministers have been infected with COVID-19 since its outbreak in the country on 8 March.

Many of them have already recovered from the deadly virus while one state minister died of its infection.

Planning minister MA Mannan was diagnosed with coronavirus on 13 October and is undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.

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State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was diagnosed with coronavirus on 16 September, while Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin tested positive for COVID-19 on 12 August.

Meanwhile, minister Shahab Uddin recovered from the virus and was released from the CMH on 20 August.

State minister for water resources Zahid Faruk contracted COVID-19 on 1 July and his test report came out negative on 18 July.

On 17 June, commerce minister Tipu Munshi was found infected with coronavirus.

Tested positive for COVID-19, state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Abdullah died at the CMH on 14 June.

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Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 12 June.

On 8 June, Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing was found infected with coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh reported 1,527 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total caseload to 386,086 as of Friday.

During the period, 15 coronavirus deaths were recorded, pushing up the death tally to 5,623.

In Bangladesh, the first three cases of coronavirus infection were on 8 March. The cases reached the 300,000-mark on 26 August.

The first death was reported on 18 March and the death toll exceeded 5,000 on 22 September.