DHAKA: Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia examined positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, a yr after she was launched from jail briefly amidst the pandemic, based on media reviews.
The 75-year-old Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief’s samples have been despatched to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, for testing on Saturday, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper quoted Public Relations Officer, Health Ministry, Maidul Islam Prodhan as saying.
“It got here again as positive right now [Sunday], which has been up to date on the database of the Directorate of Health Services,” he informed Dhaka Tribune.
The newspaper reported that one among Zia’s relations, who had met her final week, had later examined positive for the coronavirus.
“That is why madam’s [Zia] household took steps for her COVID-19 take a look at, although she has no main signs,” a supply near the household informed the Dhaka Tribune.
However, BNP leaders failed to substantiate Zia’s prognosis.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Sayrul Kabir Khan, member of BNP press wing, mentioned, “After speaking to Khaleda Zia’s doctor Dr Mamun, I got here to know that it was a daily well being check-up. We haven’t any details about the positive COVID-19 take a look at report.”
Zia has served thrice because the premier of Bangladesh since 1991. Her occasion suffered a depressing defeat within the 2018 elections bagging solely six seats within the 300-seat parliament.
Her conviction on “ethical turpitude” expenses de-barred her from contesting the polls.
Zia is serving a 17-year jail time period in two graft instances since February 8, 2018.
She was despatched to jail by an area court docket on expenses of embezzling overseas donations meant for an orphanage, named after her slain husband and president Ziaur Rehman, throughout her premiership between 2001 and 2006.
Rehman, a army ruler-turned-politician, was the founding father of the BNP.
She was convicted in one other corruption case later the identical yr, although her occasion claims each instances are politically motivated.
In March 2020, Zia was launched from jail for six months given that she would keep at house, amid the coronavirus outbreak. Last month, the Bangladesh authorities prolonged the suspension of the sentence for a second time by six months.
The coronavirus has claimed 9,661 lives, together with 678,937 confirmed instances, in Bangladesh thus far.