Dhaka – The government has urged expatriated Bangladeshis not to travel back home right this moment to help contain spread of the deadly novel coronavirus amid a global pandemic.
Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen made the call at a news conference in Dhaka following a meeting with foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka.
The minister along with Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed briefed the diplomats about Bangladesh’s preparedness in fighting the pathogen and inquired about the condition of the Bangladeshi nationals in other countries.
Meeting sources said the government urged the representatives of countries which source Bangladeshi workers for various jobs to extend visa for those who cannot fly because of the pandemic. Many Bangladeshi workers intended to travel to join their jobs abroad, especially in the Middle East, were worried as they failed to catch flights because of the coronavirus related bans.
The foreign minister said those who could not fly on time, they have nothing to worry about their jobs. The authorities will ensure their visas are extended and jobs are secured.
“Therefore, you don’t need to worry about it,” he said.
On returning passengers from various countries, the minister requested those who already flew into Dhaka to remain in self quarantine. He requested those who have planned to visit Bangladesh, not to make it now.
“Please stay back where you are now. No need to travel back home in an unnecessary hurry amid the global health situation,” Momen said.
An estimated 10 million Bangladeshi nationals are living abroad and engaged in various overseas jobs, according to government statistics.
Health officials in Bangladesh, which detects first three cases of coronavirus positive on Sunday, also urged the travelers arriving from different countries to remain in self-quarantine for two weeks.