Dhaka – The authorities have taken than 140 Bangladeshi nationals for health check up after they returned home from Italy, the epicenter of the deadly novel coronavirus, to contain the spread of the pathogen, officials said on Saturday.
The Bangladeshi expatriates landed in Dhaka airport by an Emirates flight in the morning and soon they were taken to the Ashkona Haj Camp near the airport where the basic heal check-up will be conducted, said Dr Shahriar Sajjat, a official at the airport medical team.
Millions of Italians have been under locked down after the virus killed more than 1,000 people in the European country and infected nearly 18,000 others.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said the returnees will be quarantined for two weeks after the health checkups.
Earlier in February, Bangladesh evacuated more than 300 of its nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first reported and eventually spread in more than 100 countries as of now.
The virus killed more than 5,000 people and infected nearly 120,000 others across the world. Most deaths were reported in China, which have reduced the rate of deaths and infections. But the virus turned dangerous in Europe. The second largest fatalities were reported in Italy. Iran, France and United States are among the worst affected countries.