Dhaka – The evacuation of Bangladeshi nationals from China will be delayed further as Beijing would not allow anyone to leave Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak that 170 people and infected more than 7,000 others, before February 6, according to a senior Bangladeshi minister.
Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen said Dhaka has prepared a list of 370 Bangladeshi nationals willing to return home from Wuhan depending upon Beijing’s approval.
“We will bring them back once we get permission from the authorities in China,” the minister told reporters after a discussion in Dhaka. He added that Chinese government has assured that it would bear the cost of medical treatment if any Bangladeshi nationals are infected with the virus.
He said few more Bangladeshis are there who want to come back. But 15 Bangladeshi students declined saying they don’t want to create panic among the people at home.
The minister informed no Bangladeshi national was contacted the virus yet, and replied in the negative when asked whether Bangladesh would impose any ban on travel to China.
“If anyone is found having symptom of being infected, he or she will be put on quarantine,” he said.
Earlier, he told reporters in Dhaka that a plane was ready to bring home Bangladeshi nationals willing to return.
Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi man who returned home from Guangzhou on Thursday having flu was taken to a specialized hospital in Dhaka. He was put on observation at the hospital’s isolation unit, said director general of the health services Abul Kalam Azad.
Physicians have collected his blood sample, said Azad adding that the patient’s body temperature had decreased.
“His body temperature has decreased. There is nothing to be afraid of,” he added.