Mandatory quarantine for UK returnees from Jan 1

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:18, Dec 29,2020 | Updated: 23:19, Dec 29,2020


The authorities in Bangladesh have decided that 14-day mandatory quarantine for the United Kingdom returnees would be effective from January 1, 2021.

The cabinet’s decision on enforcing the mandatory quarantine was taken at a virtual meeting with cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam in the chair on Monday night, said a government notification on Tuesday.

The meeting decided that all the returnees would complete their quarantine in government-designated hotels with their own expenses.

The local police station will ensure their mandatory quarantine.

Prime minister’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, civil aviation secretary Md Mohibul Haque, information secretary Khaja Miah were among others in the meeting.

Earlier, the decision on compulsory quarantine for UK returnees was taken at a regular meeting of the Cabinet with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Monday.

The decision was taken as new coronavirus variant was spreading rapidly in England, raising international alarms.

The UK variant of the virus is more contagious than previous versions of the virus. 

Following the discovery of the new COVID-19 variant in the UK, dozens of countries, including India, have suspended flights to and from Britain in fear of the spread of the new virus strain, which is reportedly 70 per cent more contagious.

Meanwhile, the existing rule of bringing COVID-19 certificate for returnees from other countries will remain in force.

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