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Kamrun Nahar, wife of newly appointed health secretary Abdul Mannan, died of COVID-19 at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka Saturday evening.

She was hospitalised with COVID-19 two days ago, the secretary’s private secretary Khonoker Zakir Hossain confirmed New Age.

Kamrun Nahar was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Hospital and shifted to CMH on Saturday as her condition deteriorated, said Zakir, also a deputy secretary.

Abdul Mannan was appointed the secretary of the Health Services Division of the Ministry of Health on June 4.

Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh’s former Health Minister Mohammed Nasim died of massive cardiac arrest in Dhaka, where he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Nasim, 72 and a ruling party lawmaker, suffered a massive cardiac arrest and breathed his last, the hospital which treated him told the media.

The veteran politician tested positive for the virus and went into a deep coma after brain surgery and fought for his life for some two weeks in intensive care, the team that treated him said earlier.

He later tested negative during his treatment, it added.

Meanwhile, another doctor died of coronavirus at a hospital in Bangladesh’s main port city Chattogram in the early hours on Saturday, local media reported.

Dr. Arif Hasan, a general practitioner, was admitted to the hospital’s coronavirus ward with fever six days back.

With the latest fatalities, at least 31 doctors died of COVID-19 and five others died with coronavirus-like symptoms in Bangladesh, according to a local doctors’ association, Bangladesh Doctors’ Foundation.

Bangladesh registered 2,856 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking its total past China’s to 84,379.

The country’s death toll increased by 44 to 1,139, according to the government’s latest health report.

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