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11 UK returnees sent on mandatory quarantine

01 Jan 2021 16:14, Somoy English Desk
11 UK returnees sent on mandatory quarantine
11 UK returnees sent on mandatory quarantine

Eleven passengers who returned from the UK were sent on a 14-day mandatory quarantine from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday.

They landed at the airport on Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines flights in the morning.

Later, they were sent to the Hajj Camp in Ashkona on institutional quarantine as part of the government’s decision to enforce mandatory quarantine, said Dr Shahriar Sajjad, chief health officer at the airport.

They can go to any of the hotels designated by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for quarantine, he said.

Earlier, the government has designated seven residential hotels for the 14-day mandatory quarantine of those return from the UK following the emergence of a new variant of coronavirus there.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry sent a letter to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry on Thursday in this regard.

The seven hotels are Hotel Omni Residency, Best Western Plus Maya, Hotel Grace-21, Hotel Afford Inn, White Palace Hotel, Marino Royal Hotel and Momento Hotel.

It was mentioned in the letter that the flight operation of the UK with the rest of the world remained suspended following the detection of a more contagious new variant of coronavirus there.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a directive on December 28 to ensure so that there is no transmission of that virus in Bangladesh.

The seven hotels were fixed through the DGHS where the UK returnees will have to stay at their own cost.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh issued a circular on December 29 in this regard.

As per the circular, every passenger arriving from January 1 to 15 must remain in a 14-day mandatory quarantine apart from showing Covid-negative certificate.

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