Dhaka – Bangladesh has urged all passengers returning from other countries to remain in self-quarantine for two weeks to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus that killed more than 4,000 people across the globe in the two months.
“Please do not go outside without any emergency, if it is urgent to go out please wear a mask,” Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the state-run infectious disease monitoring unit, made the request at a news conference in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Bangladesh on Sunday detected coronavirus among three of its nations – two of whom Bangladeshi expatriates recently returned from Italy, currently under lockdown following massive fatalities from the pathogen.
Flora said the self-quarantine will be helpful to prevent the virus from spreading.
She said the government has raised the number of hotline telephones to 12 to address all the people seeking assistance. She said no new case of coronavirus infection was reported in the last 24 hours ending on Tuesday morning.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research received a total of 2,778 calls in the last 24 hours regarding COVID-19, she added.
Sample of seven people were tested during the period, but none of them was found positive.
“We have put eight people in isolation. Four others came into contact with those three Coronavirus patients have been kept on ‘institutional’ quarantine,” she added.
Without awareness and practicing good habits, there is mainly no other way to contain this deadly virus as yet, said Flora urging all not to get involved in the chaos of panic buying of face masks and hand sanitizers.