Two-week quarantine have to for all passengers from the UK

29 Dec 2020 9:44 AM
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Primary minister Sheikh Hasina in Mon instructed authorities concerned to ensure the 14-day time mandatory institutional quarantine for all passengers going from the United Kingdom to any airports in arrival in Bangladesh in the wake of the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus on the UK.

She gave the instruction while presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting nearly from her official residence at Ganabhaban. Her cabinet participants and secretaries of ministries worried attended the assembly from the secretariat.

‘Fourteen-day institutional quarantine will now be produced mandatory for all passengers from London to any kind of airport on Bangladesh. The primary minister has granted the instruction at the cabinet meeting for required measures to the result,’ cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam advised a press briefing at the secretariat.

Logical time will be specified to enforce the rules so that no person travelling from the UK was in big trouble, he added.

Anwarul said that the passengers will have to bear the expenses while the authorities would lease private hotels close to the airports found in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram besides the government conveniences to be utilized for quarantine on arrival to support the increasing quantity of air passengers.

‘An official notification would be issued next a meeting with the agencies concerned like the directorate basic of health solutions and the civil aviation authority later at night,’ the cabinet secretary said.

Any passenger from the UK must be in the 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine despite having the COVID-19 detrimental certificate issued 1 day before travel, he said, adding that those people who have the document are being delivered to home quarantine.

The Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Analysis on December 24 disclosed that it had determined a COVID-19 variant which can be defined by two spike protein mutations similar to those in the recently detected UK variant.

 The brand new coronavirus variant is usually spreading swiftly in England, raising intercontinental alarms as the variant is probable more contagious than earlier versions of the virus.  

Airlines carrying passengers to Bangladesh have kept violating COVID-19 health guidelines in spite of multiple warnings of air travel ban issued by the Civil Aviation Authorities, Bangladesh.

Since December 5, when the federal government made carrying the RT-PCR test COVID-19 undesirable certificate mandatory, at least nine passengers with COVID-19 positive certificates have already been ferried by Saudia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Etihad and Malaysian Air Asia, among others, said health section officials.

Bangladesh hasn't yet finalised it is decision on whether to suspend the flights to and from the UK.  

Following the discovery of the brand new COVID-19 variant in the UK, a large number of countries incorporating India possess suspended flights to and from Britain in fear of the pass on of the brand new virus strain, which usually is reportedly 70 % more contagious.

While attending a lab inauguration program at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on December 23, the point out minister for civil aviation and tourism, M Mahbub Ali, told reporters that simply no decision was finalised over the suspension of flights with the UK.

He said that the federal government was observing the situation.

On the day, medical minister announced that the passengers from the UK would be located under a seven-day mandatory quarantine after arrival.

Civil Aviation Authorities, Bangladesh chairman Oxygen Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman said that there will be individual screening for passengers traveling from the UK at all airfields.

Bangladesh confirmed over 5.10 lakh cases and almost 7,500 deaths from COVID-19 following its detection in the united states on March 8.