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China returnees eying completion of study

  • Published at 11:03 pm February 16th, 2020
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File Photo: International flight passengers exit the international arrivals terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 312 Bangladeshis arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Wuhan, the epicenter of Corona outbreak, on February 1 and were kept in quarantine at Ashkona Hajj Camp for observation since then

Bangladeshi students returning from Wuhan are eying to complete their study in China.

After finishing 14-day quarantine, the students left the quarantine centre on Sunday. Of them 212 returned to their respective homes on Saturday night while the rest were released from the camp between 7am and 9:20am on Sunday as they live outside Dhaka.

All the officials, doctors, nurses have also departed from the camp. Members of the armed forces and the people who were in the duty of management also left the Hajj camp. 

A total of 312 Bangladeshis arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Wuhan, the epicenter of Corona outbreak, on February 1 and were kept in quarantine at Ashkona Hajj Camp for observation since then. 

One of the returnees, Shampad Roy from Nilphamari, who is studying Chinese Language at Wuhan University, said: “As I am in the third year of Honours course, I am eyeing to finish my study. When and if the situation improves, I will definitely go there again to finish my course.” 

Shampad is thankful to the authorities for cordial Quarantine. “Authorities have provided us with everything. They really took a good care of us. Now I am feeling,” said Shampad.

“It is a different experience. After coming from abroad, I was not allowed to go to my home,” he said. 

However, a returnee student, Proholad, requested journalists not to spread misinformation, as some media reported that Wuhan students were under house arrest. 

“I have no idea what the media meant by saying house arrest. I think the media should be more careful while choosing their words for a story. In Wuhan, there was freedom. University authorities never discouraged us from going outside.” 

Two admitted in Rangpur, Tangail hospitals 

Two persons, one returning from China and another from Singapore were admitted to hospitals in Rangpur, Tangail on suspicion of having corona virus. 

Out of the two returnees, a Chinese women returned from China on February 9. Another is a Bangladeshi working in Singapore who returned last Thursday. 

The Chinese citizen was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Sunday, said Faridul Islam, director of the hospital. 

“Samples including blood will be sent to IEDCR for further tests. The women is currently suffering from fever, cough and pain,” he added.

On the other hand, the 42 years old Singapore returnee was admitted to Tangail General Hospital on Sunday. The hospital authorities referred him to Dhaka for further tests. 

Dr Wahiduzzaman, civil surgeon of Tangail said: “Corona virus was not found in his body when tested in Tangail General Hospital, but to be sure we have refereed him to Dhaka.”

China provides ‘most advanced kits’

The government of China will be providing Bangladesh with 500 sets of the "most advanced kits" to identify coronavirus. 

They are expected to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming said at a meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, reports UNB.  

"These are real-time fluorescent RT-PCR kits for detecting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are the first such donation to any country from China," Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister (Counsellor) of the Embassy Yan Hualong said after the meeting.  

He said more such kits will be provided if any case is confirmed in Bangladesh.  

Coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 69,000 people globally and killed over 1,660 people. The virus has spread to more than two dozen countries and affected global trade.  

Ambassador Li Jiming had urged everyone to remain alert instead of creating panic and spreading rumours, noting that no Chinese national here and no Bangladesh national in China is infected with coronavirus.   

The Chinese Ambassador also expressed displeasure for what he said was overreaction from countries like the USA and Australia to the situation.  

"Let general people be alert but don't create panic. No panic, no rumour, and be rational," Ambassador Li Jiming told reporters at the Embassy adding that there is no need for "overreaction" to the situation.

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