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In the news: UI Bangladeshi grad students worry about their families as COVID cases rise in Bangladesh

July 6th, 2021

Covid cases for Bangladesh are displayed on the World Health Organization website on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Meg Doster, Daily Iowan

The COVID-19 pandemic may feel like a thing of the past for some vaccinated students in the U.S., but international students still live in fear for their overseas families.

Redwan Bin Abdul Baten is a graduate student at the College of Public Health living in Iowa City with his wife and children, but he worries for his family still in his home country of Bangladesh.

“The health care system in [Bangladesh] was not resilient enough, was not strong enough, to absorb this kind of a shock like a global pandemic,” said Bin Abdul Baten, president of the UI Bangladeshi Student Association.

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