Bangladesh's Defense Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury and the wife of a cabinet minister died on Monday due to the new coronavirus disease, becoming the latest high-profile victims of the epidemic as it intensifies, with the nationwide death toll climbing to nearly 1,800.

Chowdhury died at 9.30 am at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka, according to Md Mahmud-ul-Haque, an additional secretary of the ministry.