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Mandatory quarantine period for travellers from UK slashed to 4 days

  • Published at 11:46 am January 14th, 2021
Shahjalal airport
File photo of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

As per the guidelines, all passengers from the UK will be put under mandatory institutional quarantine for four days at hotels designated by the government

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has issued new guidelines for passengers arriving from the United Kingdom (UK) in a bid to contain the spread of new variants of coronavirus in Bangladesh.

The new guidelines, issued by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) of DGHS on Wednesday, will be effective from January 15 until further notice.

As per the guidelines, all passengers from the UK will be put under mandatory institutional quarantine for four days at hotels designated by the government. Passengers themselves will need to bear the cost of their stay.

If any passenger is not willing to stay at the designated hotels, they will be kept in institutional quarantine at designated government-operated centers.

Each passenger will under go a PCR test for Covid-19 after their four days of institutional quarantine is complete. If the test is negative, the passenger will be transferred from institutional quarantine to home quarantine for the next 14 days.

If the test is positive, the passenger will be sent to isolation at a government-designated hospital. The passenger will need to bear the cost of their stay at the hospital.

Last month, Health Minister Zahid Maleque announced that passengers arriving from the UK would be institutionally quarantined for seven days when it is usually three days for passengers from other countries.

The minister also said that passengers from the UK would be provided with separate lines and counters for immigration as “Bangladesh doesn’t want a new strain of the pathogen to spread in the country.”

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