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Bangladesh suspends flights to all countries except China, UK

  • Published at 03:37 pm March 26th, 2020
A Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportRajib Dhar
File photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The government has gone for communications shutdown, suspending bus, train, launch and air services across the country

Bangladesh has suspended flights to all countries except the UK and China until April 15 following the global outbreak of coronavirus.

The flight operation with Bangkok will remain suspended from 12am on Thursday and with Hong Kong from March 29, said Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman.

Earlier on March 21, international commercial passenger flights with 10 countries -- Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, and Bahrain -- were suspended, reports UNB.

On March 15, Bangladesh suspended on-arrival visas for all countries for two weeks. Besides, passengers will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh from all European countries except England until March 31.

On March 19, Biman Bangladesh Airlines cancelled all of its flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In a desperate attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, the government has gone for communications shutdown, suspending bus, train, launch and air services across the country.

Till date, Bangladesh recorded five deaths and 39 infections from the Covid-19 pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has claimed more than 21,300 lives and infected over 475,100 people across the world till date, according to Worldometer.

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