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353 Bangladeshis return from Singapore, India on special flights

  • Published at 08:18 am April 22nd, 2020
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File Photo: A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 airplane approaches to land at Changi International Airport in Singapore June 10, 2018 Reuters

141 Bangladeshi citizens return through Benapole land port, are home-quarantined

A total of 353 Bangladeshi nationals have returned home from India and Singapore on special flights. Both flights arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday.

A Singapore Airlines flight, carrying 185 Bangladeshis, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at around 12:20pm, said Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman, public relations officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

These citizens had been stranded in Singapore due to travel restrictions amid the global Covid-19 crisis.

Later at 2:20pm, the same flight left Dhaka for Singapore with 98 Singaporean citizens, Kamruzzaman added.

Meanwhile, a special flight of US-Bangla Airlines brought 168 Bangladeshi nationals, including four children, back to Dhaka from Chennai, India, at around 3:50pm.

Md Kamrul Islam, general manager (public relations) of US-Bangla Airlines, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

All of these returnees went through thermal scanning at Dhaka airport.

“Those who returned from India all had medical certificates stating they were free of Covid-19,” said Dr Shahriar Sajjad, health officer at Dhaka airport.

“They were also cleared during the thermal scanning at the airport and were sent into home quarantine,” he told Dhaka Tribune at around 8:30pm on Wednesday.

Among the 185 Bangladeshis who returned from Singapore, 106 were institutionally quarantined at the Brac Learning Centre in Ashkona, Uttara, after they went through thermal scanning.

“The rest had medical certificates from Singapore stating they were safe,” Dr Shahriar Sajjad said. “They were sent into home quarantine after thermal scanning.”

Two more special flights are scheduled to bring more Bangladeshi nationals back from Chennai on Friday and Saturday, officials said.

Thousands of Bangladeshi nationals, most of whom travelled to India for medical reasons, have been stranded in various regions of the country due to the ban on passenger flights in Bangladesh, effective till April 30, put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 – a severely acute respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, also known as Sars-CoV-2.

In order to help these Bangladeshis to return home, the Bangladesh high commission in India arranged the special flights in cooperation with US-Bangla Airlines.

On Monday, 168 Bangladeshis returned to Dhaka from Chennai, and a second flight arrived on Tuesday carrying 169 Bangladeshis.

141 Bangladeshis return through Benapole land port

Earlier on Tuesday, 141 Bangladeshi nationals entered the country through the land port in Benapole, Jessore, from India.

All of them were sent into institutional quarantine arranged by the local authorities in Jessore, said Tapan Kumar Chakraborty, chairman of Bangladesh Land Port Authority.

“On average, 80-100 Bangladeshis are coming back to the country through the land ports every day,” Tapan told Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday evening. “Those who carry health certificates are sent into home quarantine. Those who don’t, are institutionally quarantined.”

Immigration police both at airports and land ports are keeping records of the returning Bangladeshis – i.e. address, contact number, etc – from their passports, officials said.

For the returnees who are being sent into home quarantine, the immigration police are notifying the respective district authorities with their contact details so the returnees can be monitored, the officials added.

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