The death toll from coronavirus in Bangladesh mounted to 2,197 on Wednesday as the health authorities confirmed the death of 46 more patients in the last 24 hours.
Besides, 3,489 new Covid-19 cases were detected after testing 15,672 samples, taking the total confirmed coronavirus cases to 1,72,134.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at its daily health bulletin.
Besides, 2,736 more people made recovery during the period, she said.
The global death toll from coronavirus reached 5,43,535 while the confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 11,798, 678 on Wednesday morning, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University.
According to JHU data, Brazil has come up to the second position after the US with 1,668,589 cases and 66,741 deaths as of Wednesday.
South Asian country India has come to the third position again with 719,665 Covid-19 cases. The country has so far reported 20,160 deaths.
Meanwhile, Russia counted the fourth highest Covid-19 cases- 693,215 till the date.
Among the countries, the US has been the worst-hit with the highest recorded deaths of 131,455 patients and about 2,993,759confirmed cases.
Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.
The United States is welcoming international students amid COVID-19 pandemic with a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework.
The United States has long been the destination of choice for international students.
"We are pleased that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the United States may still have the opportunity to do so," said the Spokesperson at the US Department of State.
The US Department of Homeland Security has announced its plan for temporary modifications to F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visa requirements for the fall 2020 semester.
This will allow a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework to meet the requirements for nonimmigrant student status.
This temporary accommodation provides greater flexibility for nonimmigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.
International students will still have to obtain the appropriate visa and may still be subject to other visa processing or travel restrictions due to COVID-19, said the Spokesperson.
Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country, according to the US Department of State.
The number of students from Bangladesh studying in the United States increased to 8,249 during the most recent academic year - 2018/2019, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
This is an all-time high for Bangladesh, reflecting a 10 percent increase over the 2018 report and more than tripling since 2009, said the US Embassy in Dhaka recently.
The Embassy said Bangladesh is among the fastest-growing countries of origin for international students in the United States.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the irregularities in Regent Hospital over coronavirus test will be unveiled though investigations.
"The government has taken initiatives in every step, we’ll dig out all the irregularities, we’ve already arrested the culprits," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while taking part in an unscheduled debate initiated by BNP MP Hanunur Rashid in Parliament.
Sheikh Hasina also said she would have been happy had the BNP MP divulged those earlier. "No one provided those information to us, we, from the government, digs out those, we’ve taken steps…Rab [members] had been there and taken proper measurers," she said.
About the corruption and irregularities in distribution of government relief materials during this Covid-19 period, the Prime Minister said the government is giving assistance to 50 lakh families and a list is prepared for this.
"The list is being prepared based on three steps of scrutiny…we’re also matching their names as per their NIDs and their names in the voter list, after examining those properly we’re giving the assistance to those who need it," she said.
She said these assistance are being sent through their mobile phones or bank accounts. "We’ve taken some time for this scrutiny. We’re dropping all the fake names."
Earlier taking floor on point of order, BNP MP Harunur Rashid said Regent Hospital has so far provided fake coronavirus test results and demanded money from the government. “The Health Ministry and Health Department have given it license.”
He mentioned that there were irregularities in providing licenses to private hospitals. "It was done based on party affiliation. As a result, many capable and efficient hospitals did not get licenses."
The BNP MP mentioned that Regent Hospital played with the lives of so many people spreading coronavirus. "Those who are involved in this shouldn’t be kept alive, they should be put on crossfire," he demanded.
Harun raised the matter of irregularities in disbursing financial assistance to 50 lakh families and demanded stern action against the culprits irrespective of their party affiliation.
A Bill was passed in Parliament on Wednesday to empower courts of the country to run trial proceedings through videoconferences and other digital means.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, move the 'Adalat Kartik Tathiya Projukti Bebohar Bill 2020' in the House. It was passed by voice vote.
This law is already promulgated by the President to reduce the piling of cases in the courts during the general holidays enforced for controlling coronavirus as ordinance as the Parliament was not in session.
The ordinance was approved by the cabinet on May 7 where the country was in general holidays since March 27.
According to the previous law, the trial proceedings are run in physical presence of judges, counsels and witnesses in the court.
By this ordinance, it was possible to run the proceedings during the COVID-19 period when social distancing was a must.
It was possible for the judges to run the trial proceedings of the cases through videoconferences and other digital means keeping the accused in jails, the lawyers in their residences and the witnesses in other places during the coronavirus crisis.
If independent MP Mohammad Shahid Islam, elected from Laxmipur-2, is a Kuwait citizen then his seat will be declared vacant, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.
"We’re in talks with Kuwait (government) whether he (Mohammad Shahid Islam) is a citizen of Kuwait or not…we’ll look into it. If he’s a citizen of Kuwait, then we’ve to vacant his seat because law will take its own course. We’ve launched investigation against him in our country, too," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while taking part in an unscheduled debate initiated by BNP MP Hanunur Rashid.
The BNP MP raised the question of citizenship of Mohammad Shahid Islam arrested in Kuwait.
Hanunur Rashid cited news of various newspapers where Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Kuwaiti authorities detained Bangladeshi MP to face money laundering and human trafficking charges as a “local resident” of the Middle Eastern country as he was on a visit there without using diplomatic or official passport.”
Hasina mentioned that the independent MP in the last general election sought nomination from Awami League, but she did not give him nomination for Laxmipur-2 constituency. “That seat was allotted for Jatiya Party. Later, he (Shahid Islam) joined the election as an independent candidate. Jatiya Party gave nomination to Noman, but he did not participate in the election.”
She also said Shahid Islam somehow made his wife MP from a seat reserved for women. "But she’s not our nominated or elected MP."
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Kuwait arrested Papul on June 6 in connection with cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.
Then, the Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze the bank accounts of Mohammad Shahid Islam. The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kiewit dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.
On June 25, Papul was sent to central prison of the country.
The Attorney General of Kuwait decided to imprison the Bangladeshi MP for 21 days in the central prison.
Earlier, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sought income tax documents of Mohammad Shahid Islam, MP, his family and his sister-in-law from the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
Deputy director of ACC Mohammad Salauddin sought the documents from NBR in connection with the MP’s alleged involvement in money laundering and accumulating illegal wealth.
Besides, it also served a notice to the Election Commission to get the electoral affidavit of MP Shahid and his wife Selina Islam.
The ACC earlier requested the Special Branch of Police seeking restriction on MP Shahid and his family’s foreign travel.
Earlier, on June 9, the ACC served notices to MP Shahid Islam, and his family members, seeking their wealth statements.
ACC Assistant Director M Salahuddin served the notices to Shahid, his wife lawmaker Selina Islam, their daughter Kazi Wafa Islam and Selina’s sister Jemin Akter.
They were asked to submit their copies of passports, National Identity Cards, TINs and income tax returns within 15 days.