Dhaka – Two Bangladeshi nationals landed in Dhaka airport Monday from Spain and Italy were sent to a hospital as the passengers were traced with high temperature, an airport official said.
But it was not sure whether the passengers were having symptoms of coronavirus, said Touhid-ul Ahsan, manager of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
“They were simple sent to the hospital for check up,” the official said.
Bangladesh on Sunday said two men and a woman were infected with the deadly virus. The men who tested coronavirus positive returned recently from Italy, and the woman is family member of one of the Italy returnees, according to the government.
But it was not clear yet by which flights they travelled to Dhaka from Italy.
Health officials at a news briefing on Monday said there was no new case of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
“The three who contacted the pathogen are in stable condition in hospital,” said Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR).
She said there is no need to take measures like shutting down educational institutions as the situation is still normal.
She suggested foreign returnees to stay in the self quarantine. “They should not be humiliated by anyone,” Flora requested adding that there is no reason to presume anyone coming from abroad is infected with the virus.
Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Kalam Azad, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in the country Dr Bardan Jung Rana and Principal Scientific Officer of IEDCR Dr ASM Alamgir were present at the briefing.
Prof Azad said separate units will be opened at public hospitals across the country, while separate cells will be opened in private hospitals.
He urged people not to go for panic buying of medical stuffs like face masks, surgical masks and hand sanitizers. Shortage of these products will be mitigated very soon, he added.
The WHO representatives assured of adequate UN support in the fight against the virus.
People also asked to contact four hotline numbers -01937110011, 01937000911, 01927711784 and 01927711785 – to solve any type of confusion or support.
On March 4, the government restricted entry of people from four countries — Italy, South Korea, Japan and Kuwait — without the virus-free medical certificates.
The virus has killed more than 3,400 people and infected more than 100,000 people across the world. China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and the United States are among the worst affected nations.