Dhaka – A chartered plane of Biman Bangladesh airlines is expected to land in Dhaka Saturday morning carrying 361 Bangladeshi nationals who were locked down in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the most cases of coronavirus infection were reported.
The Biman plane left Dhaka airport in the evening Friday and expected to return early on Saturday from Wuhan, airport officials said on Friday. Three specialized physicians and a nurse were accompanying the members of the crew of the special flight, said Mokabbir Hossain, chief executive officer of the national flag career.
Earlier, the health minister, Zahid Maleque told reporters that the evacuees will be kept in two-week quarantine for safety once they arrive in Dhaka. They will be placed at Ashkona Haj camp, the place where the haj pilgrims generally stay before they leave for annual Muslim congregation in Saudi Arabia.
Eighteen children are among the returnees, the minister said adding that none of the Bangladeshi nationals were reported to have contacted the deadly virus as of now.
The novel coronavirus outbreak killed more than 200 people in China and spread in 22 other places outside mainland China until Friday as the Chinese authorities vowed to fight the epidemic.
Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen said 361 Bangladeshi nationals registered their names to return home until Friday.
“All of them will be flown out of the Chinese city,” Momen added. He earlier said 15 Bangladeshi nationals reported they want to stay back in China.