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316 Bangladeshis return home from Wuhan

  • Published at 10:21 am February 1st, 2020
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File Photo: 316 Wuhan quarantines Bangladeshi citizens on board from Tihanhi international airport to Bangladesh at 7:40 AM bdt time Courtesy

The Bangladeshis include 301 adults, 12 children and three infants

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines bringing back Bangladeshi citizens stranded in China's Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, has arrived in Dhaka.

"Flight BG 7002 landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:53am," Biman's Deputy General Manager Tahera Khondoker said over phone on Saturday morning, reports UNB.

The Bangladeshis include 301 adults, 12 children and three infants.

On Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of China gave clearance for the special Biman flight.

Flight BG 7002 landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 316 Bangladeshis | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune"We are ready to bring back the Bangladeshis living there. We have also informed the Chinese government, who has given permission. We can now bring our citizens back," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen had told reporters at a briefing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Since it emerged, coronavirus has infected more than 11,000 people, mostly in China. More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries.

On Friday, Beijing said the death toll had risen by 46 to 259 - all of them in China and 249 in Hubei province, according to BBC.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is expected that further international exportation of cases may appear in any country.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, at a press briefing in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday, said a Biman flight was ready with four or five physicians to fly to China and bring back the Bangladeshi citizens.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen had told reporters at a briefing that the returnees from Wuhan will be kept at the quarantine unit at Ashkona Hajj camp for a certain period time under observation.

Bangladesh will keep those who will return to Bangladesh under observation before China lifts the ongoing 14-day restriction to avoid any risk.

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Flight BG 7002 landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 316 Bangladeshis | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The virus is believed to have originated late last year in a food market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

New cases are being reported every day around the world, spurring cuts to travel, outbreaks of anti-China sentiment in some places and a surge in demand for protective face masks.

Medical experts say the rising number of human-to-human transmissions outside China suggests a greater potential for the virus to spread further.

Statistics from China indicate that just over 2% of people infected have died, suggesting that the virus may be less deadly than the coronaviruses behind 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).