by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The government has imposed a ban on travelers from Europe, excepting the United Kingdom, 12 others countries in other continents to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) in a notification imposed the ban, to be effective from Sunday, after Bangladesh reported surge in the cases of novel coronavirus.
The two-week ban will last until April 18, according to the CAAB notification.
Passengers from the European countries except for the UK and 12 other countries listed will not be allowed to enter in Bangladesh during this period, the authorities said.
The ban, according to the list, will be applicable for travelers from Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey, and Uruguay, beside the European nations.
Airlines operating scheduled passenger flights from these countries will be allowed to carry only transit passengers subject to the passengers remain confined inside the terminal building, the notification said.
Passengers originating from other countries having Covid-19 symptoms must go a 14-day isolation at the government facilities on their own expenses. Passengers having no symptoms must go for home quarantine for two weeks.
Since the tracing of the first cases in March last year, Bangladesh reported 611,295 cases of novel coronavirus with 9,046 deaths.
The country reported the single-day record of 5,358 new cases of infections after testing 26,931 samples on Wednesday. It reported 52 deaths on that day, the highest in seven months.
Bangladesh reported the single-day record of 5,358 new cases after testing 26,931 samples on Wednesday. It reported 52 deaths on that day, the highest in seven months.
In the face of a surge in the new cases, believed to have caused by the flouting of health guidelines, the government warned the people of the consequences. A fresh 18-point directives were issued to slow the spread of the virus.
The directives include mandatory use of facemasks and limiting passengers on local transports.