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Quader: Padma Bridge work to be hampered if coronavirus situation persists

  • Published at 03:36 pm February 5th, 2020
Minister Obidul Quader
File Photo: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obidul Quader speaks to reporters at the secretariat on Monday, January 20, 2020 Monday

He said the overall progress of the bridge's work is 75% while 86% of the main work is complete

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said Padma Bridge's construction work will be hampered if the coronavirus situation does not improve within two months.

The minister made the remarks at a press briefing at the secretariat on Wednesday.

There are 980 employees from China. Among them, 332 are now in China and 33 of them have returned, reports UNB.

"Eight of them have been released from quarantine and the rest are being quarantined," the senior Awami League leader said.

He said the overall progress of the bridge's work is 75% while 86% of the main work is complete. Twenty-three spans have been installed and the 24th will be installed on February 10.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in China's Wuhan city in December.

Deaths from the virus rose to 490 in mainland China on Wednesday while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, in Hong Kong and in Thailand showed that the virus has been spreading rapidly and renewed attention of the authorities concerned towards containing it.