Dhaka – Bangladesh on Saturday suspended air connectivity with ten more countries in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak that killed more than 11,000 people across the globe, according to officials.
The outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December has spread to 172 countries infecting more than 272,000 people. The virus killed 11310 people, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
The reported cases in Bangladesh are still lower compared to the cases in the countries in Europe and America, but the country with a highly densely population is under the risk of massive infection unless appropriate measures are not taken.
As of Friday, 20 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the South Asian country. One of them died on Wednesday.
In a press statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh suspended all international flights except for four countries from Sunday until March 31.
Commercial passenger flights with United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong and Thailand will be continued. But flights with Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, and Bahrain have been suspended.
Earlier, Bangladesh suspended flights from all European countries, excluding Britain.