Dhaka – The government has sought cooperation from the people to help ensure self-quarantine of those returning from abroad to prevent the coronavirus infection in Bangladesh.
“Such quarantine is not possible for the government alone unless the people help themselves,” Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told a news conference in Dhaka on Sunday.
If the returnees from abroad are not keeping them isolated for two weeks, the government may need to go for application of the law or use administrative measures to do so, she said.
Bangladesh has so far identified five people infected with the deadly coronavirus – all they carried the virus from abroad and none was infected in the community. Three of them are doing well at the hospital, according to the physicians.
Bangladesh has quarantine more than 2,300 people, mostly returned from abroad, at their homes as part of the government’s measures to prevent spread of the global coronavirus pandemic.
More than 400 Bangladeshis expatriated in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak of Europe, arrived in Dhaka in the last two days forcing the authorities to take them to Ashkona Haj camp for health check.
The returnees were asked to go on self-quarantine despite the fact that none of them had coronavirus symptoms to keep their family and community safe.
Local administration has been monitoring their situation, she added
The IEDCR director said four people are in institutional quarantine while 10 are in isolation, 20, samples were tested in the last 24 hours and 63 people visited IEDCR directly for screening so far,
A total of 231 people were tested so far, including the five infected. Two – one arrived from Italy and the other from Germany, were detected with the virus on Saturday.