Some foreign missions encourage their citizens to leave Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 21:50, Mar 27,2020 | Updated: 22:12, Mar 27,2020


A section of foreign diplomatic missions in Bangladesh suggested citizens of their respective countries to leave Bangladesh utilising next available opportunities amid the deteriorating coronavirus situation across the globe.
The British High Commission in Dhaka on Friday recommended the British citizens to go back to the United Kingdom on next available flights to London and Manchester. The high commission said this through a facebook post.
The Embassy of the United States in Dhaka asked the US citizens and their family members intending to leave Bangladesh to contact the embassy. The embassy ‘is working round the clock to secure flights to the United States for US citizens and their family members who wish to depart Bangladesh,’ the embassy said in an announcement in a facebook post on Friday.
A section of foreigners, who are working in different orgnisations in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar and other places in Bangladesh, told New Age over phone that they were advised informally by their respective embassies to leave Bangladesh on next available flights.
A total of 364 Malaysian and Bhutanese returned to their countries on special flights last week.
Some 225 of them were Malaysian and 139 were Bhutanese and most of them were students in different educational institutions, according to diplomatic sources.
Some of the passengers were also family members of several foreign embassies in Dhaka.
They got stranded due to suspension of international flights connecting their countries due to spread of COVID-19.
No foreign diplomatic mission chief left Dhaka so far, a foreign ministry official with knowledge of the matter told New Age on Friday afternoon, adding that several diplomats rather returned to their workplace from vacation.
Five people died of COVID-19 infection in Bangladesh while the total infection hit 48 in the country till Friday, according to Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research.
The first coronavirus infection of three people was confirmed in Bangladesh on March 8, 2020.

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