A middle-class senior citizen from a residential area in Dhaka city was “officially” recognized as the second to succumb to a coronavirus death. In a heartrending and thought-provoking Facebook post, his son revealed several codependent incidences that led to the demise of his dad. A private hospital initially recommended the patient for COVID-19 testing. Still, the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) was reluctant to test him. It was because 1) he was not an immigrant 2) didn’t travel abroad 3) or come in contact with oversees returnees in recent times. The IEDCR authorities assured his family that the coronavirus had not begun to spread at a “community” level in Bangladesh.

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