Forty-eight passengers, including an infant, from the United Kingdom landed at two airports in Bangladesh on Monday, three days after the 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine for travellers from the UK had come into effect.
All the passengers were sent to the institutional quarantine that the government has introduced for 15 days till January 15 as a precautionary measure amid spread of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK.
A London-Sylhet-Dhaka flight of the state-owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines arrived at the Osmani International Airport in Sylhet at around 12:25pm carrying the passengers from the Heathrow Airport of London, officials said.
Forty-two of the passengers came down from the aircraft at the airport and the plane took six travellers to the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, they said.
OIA manager Hafiz Ahmed told New Age that the travellers who landed at the airport were sent to two hotels in Dargah Gate area in the Sylhet city for the two-week institutional quarantine.
He said that the district administration had kept ready the two hotels for passengers coming from the UK and the travellers would have to pay all expenditures, including rent and food charges, during the quarantine.
‘Family members, relatives and friends of the travellers will not be allowed to meet them during the quarantine period,’ the airport manager said.
District administration assistant commissioner Shamma Labiba Arnab told New Age that a police team had been deployed at the two hotels in addition to the security measures taken by the hotels so that the passengers could not come out from the hotels and no one can meet them during the quarantine period.
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport health desk duty officer Khushi said that they sent six passengers of the flight to mandatory institutional quarantine at Diabari facility of the government after the flight had landed at the airport at 2:10pm.
An official of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines said that 200 passengers were supposed to board the flight from the UK to come to Bangladesh.
‘But 152 passengers cancelled their tour after the Bangladesh government had imposed the mandatory quarantine provision,’ he added.
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