Flights with S’pore risk spread

312 at Hajj Camp to be released today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:39, Feb 15,2020


One of the four expatriate Bangladeshis in Singapore hospitalised with the Covid-19 coronavirus infection is now at an intensive care unit as his condition remains critical, Singapore health ministry and officials in Dhaka said on Friday.

Besides, six other Bangladeshis have been in quarantine in that country as the virus is spreading there.

At least 67 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Singapore and many of them have no history of visiting China, Singapore health ministry said.

The affected Bangladeshis, aged between 30 and 39, also did not visit China.

About 1.3 lakh Bangladeshis live in Singapore and regular flights between  the two countries are in operations, raising the fear for Bangladeshis to catch and spread the disease.

The 312 Bangladeshis who have been quarantined at the Hajj Camp in the capital after their return from China are scheduled to be released today.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research said that the 312 Bangladeshis were in a good health condition and that they were not infected with Covid-19.

‘They will be released after the final health checkup Saturday afternoon,’ IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Flora said.

Meerjady along with an expert team visited the Bangladeshis at the Hajj Camp near the Dhaka airport on Friday.

She said that they had passed two weeks, the incubation period for the virus, but would be in contact with the institute after they would go home.

Speaking at the daily news briefing about the virus at the IEDCR premises, Meerjady said that four Bangladeshis were in hospital in Singapore and one of them was in an intensive care unit as his condition was critical.

‘We are in touch with the Singapore authorities that are treating the infected Bangladeshis there,’ she said.

The authorities in China said on Friday revealed that at least 1,380 people were killed and 63,851 infected by the coronavirus as of Friday.

The World Health Organisation has already declared a global health emergency over the spread of the virus that has spread to over two dozen countries besides China.

Bangladesh has prepared to face the growing menace with preventive measures, including screening at the ports of entry to Bangladesh.

Isolation units have been opened at all medical college hospitals and district hospitals across the country.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in its daily update said  Friday evening that it had screened 1,46,748 people in the ports of entry to Bangladesh and none was found infected with the novel virus.

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