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‘No on arrival visa for Chinese nationals for now’

  • Published at 12:36 pm February 2nd, 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

Chinese nationals will now have to submit their medical certificates while applying for Bangladeshi visa

In a wake of the coronavirus, Bangladesh has suspended on arrival visa for Chinese nationals for now.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the statement in a press briefing at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday morning.

He said Chinese nationals will now have to submit their medical certificates while applying for Bangladeshi visa.

The minister said: “We have asked the Chinese people working here not to visit their country for a month.

People wearing masks walk next to a thermal scanner at Bandaranaike International Airport after Sri Lanka confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, in Katunayake, Sri Lanka January 30, 2020 | Reuters“No manpower will be brought from China during this period for the ongoing Chinese projects here.”

He said: “We have informed the Chinese authorities regarding the matter, and they have agreed to it.”

A total of 316 Bangladeshi citizens stranded in China's Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, returned home on a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on February 1.

Of them 10 were taken to two hospitals in Dhaka-- Kurmitola General Hospital and Combined Military Hospital (CMH)-- for observation 

Coronavirus, now a global health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency as the death toll from a new Coronavirus reached 305 on Sunday.

The virus is believed to have originated late last year in a food market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

New cases are being reported every day around the world, spurring cuts to travel, outbreaks of anti-China sentiment in some places and a surge in demand for protective face masks.

Medical experts say the rising number of human-to-human transmissions outside China suggests a greater potential for the virus to spread further.

Statistics from China indicate that just over 2% of people infected have died, suggesting that the virus may be less deadly than the coronaviruses behind 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).