Newsnow Desk: The Daily Star has made it mandatory for its staff to work from home from April 15. A journalist of the Daily Star and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. According to media reports, the journalist has been working from home since April and it is suspected that the couple contracted the novel coronavirus while shopping for daily essentials at a grocery store or kitchen market.
The journalist said he and his wife went for a Covid-19 test on Sunday as they had both been coughing for the previous few days. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed through e-mail that they had both contracted the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.
The couple is receiving treatment at home as per the advice of doctors and have suffered no major complications, so far, other than a dry cough. The Daily Star has made it mandatory for its staff to work from home from April 15.
Earlier on Monday, a journalist of Dhaka Tribune tested positive for Covid-19. The trainee online journalist said one of his uncles, who visited their home recently, had tested Covid-19 positive three days ago.
The journalist has been staying with his family for nearly two months since he returned home from the capital after Dhaka Tribune on March 19 decided to allow its head, office-based employees, to work from home in order to stay safe from the pandemic.
Including the Daily Star journalist, 89 media persons were confirmed Covid-19 positive across the country till Tuesday — with 71 of them based in Dhaka.
As of Tuesday afternoon, health authorities in Bangladesh have recorded 16,660 Covid-19 cases and 250 deaths from the disease.