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Despite restrictions, 7 Bangladeshis arrive from Europe

  • Published at 11:37 am March 19th, 2020
File photo of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

These seven people arrived upon permission from the Foreign Ministry

Despite restrictions on entry from Europe due to coronavirus, seven Bangladeshis have arrived in Dhaka.

These seven people arrived from Sweden and Slovenia on Wednesday, upon permission from the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry.

Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) Director Group Captain Tauhid ul Ahsan confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

He said the passengers arrived by two separate flights of Turkish Airlines and later were sent to Ashkona Haji camp for quarantine.

On March 12, over the Covid-19 pandemic, CAAB banned all incoming flights from Europe except the UK.

Worldometre in its live update mentioned that some 8,231 died while some 204,037 were infected globally. Some 82,866 recovered completely. Of 91,097 released cases, 9% died.

On Wednesday, Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus death. 

The 70-year-old patient had high level of comorbidity – cardiac problems, high-blood pressure, kidney diseases, and diabetes.

Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), revealed the matter in a press briefing held at its office in Mohakhali.

According to IEDCR, the man died a day after he was tested positive with the virus.

Meerjady in the briefing, said four more people were detected positive with the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 14.

Of the total infected, three were released upon recovery while 10 others are undergoing treatment at hospitals.

Among the four newly-infected, three are male expats while another is a woman, who was infected from one of her family members who recently returned from abroad, she said.

All of them are aged between 20 and 59, she added.

The remaining 10 patients are faring well while four of them were earlier diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney diseases, and also have history of cardiac arrests.

“These four are at great risk,” she said.

Virus spreading

The outbreak began in Wuhan, a major transportation hub as well as central China’s main industrial and commercial centre, and has now spread to other major population centres, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and many other countries around the world.

Chinese authorities are still investigating the origins of the virus, though they confirmed the outbreak began at a market in Wuhan with illegal wildlife transactions, and that it can spread from one person to another via respiratory transmission.

Airports globally stepped up screening passengers from China, and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said in a risk assessment that further global spread of the virus was likely.

Europe new epicentre for Covid-19

On March 13, the World Health Organization warned Friday that Europe was now the epicentre for the global coronavirus pandemic and reporting more daily cases than China did at the height of its outbreak. 

"Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual press conference, describing the more than 5,000 deaths worldwide as "a tragic milestone."

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