JS body for suspending flights from Britain

Staff Correspondent | Published: 10:22, Dec 31,2020


The parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare has suggested the ministry concerned to take necessary steps to suspend flights from Britain to prevent the spread of new coronavirus strain.

The Jatiya Sangsad body made the recommendation at its meeting held at Parliament Bhavan on Wednesday chaired by the committee chairman Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, a parliament secretariat press release said.

The committee also suggested for rigorously maintaining the 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine that the authorities stipulated earlier for all passengers coming from the UK.

The authorities in Bangladesh on December 29 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.

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 mandatory quarantine.

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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