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Bangladesh mulls measures against new Covid-19 strain in UK

  • Published at 06:45 pm December 21st, 2020
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File Photo: Passengers wear face masks as a precaution against the transmission of the coronavirus as they wait on an London Underground station platform, on July 17, 2020 AFP

A decision on flights to and from the UK is likely to be taken at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday

Bangladesh is considering measures to stay safe from the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.

Bangladesh is vulnerable to the spread of the new strain as flights to and from the UK are currently in operation. There is one direct flight a week between Bangladesh and the UK, while several foreign carriers ferry passengers via different cities.

"Yes, we are aware about the spread of the new strain in the UK and we are thinking about it," Mohibul Haque, senior secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, told Dhaka Tribune on Monday afternoon.

"We will have a meeting tomorrow [Tuesday] in this regard. We will discuss this," he said.

When asked if there is any possibility of flights between Bangladesh and the UK being banned, Secretary Haque said: "I cannot say anything about this before holding the meeting."

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England because a new strain of the coronavirus was "out of control."

Hancock warned that the strict measures could stay in place until the virus vaccine is fully rolled out, reports AFP.

Susan Hopkins of Public Health England told Sky News that the agency notified the government on Friday when modelling revealed the full seriousness of the new strain.

She confirmed that the new virus strain could be 70% more transmissible, while saying this was an initial figure.

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