No flight boarding without Covid negative certificate: FM

09 Jul 2020 12:58, Somoy English Desk
No flight boarding without Covid negative certificate: FM
No flight boarding without Covid negative certificate: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said no one will be allowed to board a flight without Covid negative certificate.

While talking to Somoy News on Thursday, he also said a specific institution will be designated to conduct coronavirus tests and provide certificates.

The minister termed the incident of sending back Bangladeshis from Italy ‘unfortunate’.

He, however, could not say when these Bangladeshis will return home.

Lamenting the incident, Dr Momen said those who go aboard have the responsibility to brighten the country’s image. “You see the flight (with Italy) has been stopped. There’re many here who work in Italy. They’re in fear of losing jobs if they can’t go there.”

“So, we’ve decided that only one institution will provide Covid negative certificates which will be approved ones. Other certificates will not be accepted,” he further said.

Italy on Wednesday sent back 167 Bangladeshis who went there on two flights.

A flight landed at local Fiumicino Airport around 1pm local time on Wednesday. 
Earlier, another flight went there on Monday when some Bangladeshis were detected with coronavirus.

Later, Italy suspended flight operation with Bangladesh for a week.

As the flight operation remains on with Qatar, Bangladeshis who went to Italy on a Qatar Airways flight on Wednesday were supposed to be allowed to enter the country.

However, Italy did not allow them to enter the country and instead sent them back.

Meanwhile, those were detected with coronavirus from Monday flight were sent on isolation or hospitals while the rest have been kept on home quarantine at Hilton Hotel in Rome.


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