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Covid-19: RT-PCR booths to be installed at 3 airports

  • Published at 03:06 pm September 6th, 2021
File photo of passengers leaving the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh Courtesy

The move aims to provide passengers with Covid-19 test results within hours of their journey abroad

RT-PCR testing booths will be set up at the country’s three airports soon so that international passengers could undergo Covid-19 test four to six hours before their flights, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday.

The directive came from a virtual cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, who joined it from her official residence Ganabhaban, he added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the weekly meeting of the Cabinet Division, attended from Ganabhaban by videoconference, on Monday, September 6, 2021 | PID

Other cabinet members were connected with the meeting from the Bangladesh Secretariat.

“Since a good number of countries imposed condition for travelers that they would have to undergo RT-PCR test within four, six or eight hours of flying…So, the authorities were asked to install RT-PCR machines within the next two or three days,”  said Khandker Anwarul Islam while briefing reporters after the meeting.

The RT-PCR testing booths would be installed at three international airports – Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, he said replying to a question.