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India brings 23 Bangladeshis to New Delhi from Wuhan

  • Published at 10:49 am February 27th, 2020
File Photo: 316 Wuhan quarantines Bangladeshi citizens on board from Tihanhi international airport to Bangladesh at 7:40 AM bdt time Courtesy

World scrambles to curb fast-spreading coronavirus

Twenty-three more Bangladeshis on Thursday have been evacuated from China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

They were flown to Delhi by a special flight with a number of other Indian nationals, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, reports UNB.

The Bangladeshi nationals will be quarantined in special facilities in suburbs in Delhi.

Bangladesh brought back 312 of its nationals from China on February 1 and the remaining Bangladeshis registered to return home.

The coronavirus' rapid spread in Iran, Italy, South Korea and elsewhere left alarmed governments and people across the globe rushing on Thursday to implement emergency measures.

For the first time, new infections around the world in the past 24 hours surpassed those in mainland China, where the flu-like disease emerged two months ago but is on the decline after an aggressive containment campaign.

In Japan, where cases rose to 200, there was particular concern after a female tour bus guide tested positive for a second time - one of very few worldwide to do so.

Tokyo has halted big gatherings and sports events for two weeks, and is closing schools early for the spring break. But it still plans to go ahead with the 2020 Olympics, whose cancellation or relocation would be a massive blow for Japan.

Though meeting the dictionary definition of a pandemic - widespread contagion across a large region - the World Health Organization (WHO) has so far held back from using that term.

"There is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as he ordered hospitals to ensure sufficient medical supplies, protective gear and staff.

US President Donald Trump put his vice president, Mike Pence, in charge of America's response, while France's President Emmanuel Macron rallied the nation.

Urging people to avoid unnecessary travel, Tehran extended its closure of cinemas, cultural events and conferences for another week. Iran's outbreak has added to the isolation of a nation already under US sanctions.

The coronavirus has played havoc with global aviation and tourism as airlines cancel flights, countries ban visitors from hot spots and nervous passengers put off travel.

News that a Korean Air flight attendant who worked on flights between Seoul and Los Angeles later tested positive was likely to unnerve passengers further.

The United States is managing 59 cases - most of them Americans repatriated from a cruise ship quarantined in Japan where almost 700 cases developed. But Trump said the risk was "very low" in the United States which was "very, very ready."