Khaleda tests positive for COVID-19

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia tested positive for COVID-19.

New Age obtained her COVID-19 test report from Directorate General of Health Services.

According to the test report, 74-year-old Khalda Zia’s swab sample was tested at the lab of International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh through RT-PCR method.

When asked about the matter, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s press wing member Shayrul Kabir Khan told New Age that he had no information about it yet.

Khaleda Zia was released from jail on conditions for six months on an executive order on March 25, 2020 during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Since then she has been staying at her Gulshan house.

The time of suspension of her conviction had been extended for another six months on September 25, 2020.

Khaleda was jailed on February 8, 2018 for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and was released from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s prison cell on March 25 reportedly on two conditions — she would take medical treatment from home and would not leave the country.

She was also sentenced for seven years in jail in Zia Charitable Trust graft case on October 29, 2018.

On October 30, 2018, the High Court doubled her five-year jail term in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.

She was granted interim bail in all but the two cases related to Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust.

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