142 Italy-returnees have been quarantined at Ashkona Hajj Camp from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. All 142 of them returned to Bangladesh on Saturday morning. Here their health will be examined.
“IEDCR is collecting other information. On the basis of it, we’ll take further steps, “Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Director Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said at a press briefing this afternoon.
They will be kept in quarantine for 14 days to prevent the transmission of the Corona virus, officials said.
Airport’s Chief Health Officer Dr Shahriar Sajjad said, “142 Italy-returnees was screened for thermal scanner and the body temperature of all of them was normal. Their fever was measured even before they left Italy. They were healthy there too. After collecting the required data, they were sent to Ashoka Hajj Camp.”
Earlier, Bangladeshis from Wuhan in China were also put in quarantine at the Hajj Camp. They were allowed to return home after 14 days when any signs of the corona virus did not find.
The coronavirus, which emerged in China’s Hubei province in December, has spread to over 115 countries around the world, halting industry, bringing flights to a standstill, closing schools and forcing the postponement of sporting events and concerts.
The outbreak was declared recently described as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It has infected than 138,000 people globally and over 5,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.
Millions are locked down in Italy — the worst-affected country outside China — where total number of infections have risen to 17,660 with 1,266 deaths.
Bangladesh reported its first cases of the virus on Mar 8 after two men and a woman were diagnosed with the infection. Among them, two had recently returned to the country from Italy.