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UK advises citizens to leave Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

The British high commission in Dhaka yesterday advised its citizens to return to the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh. In an emergency post on its Facebook page ‘UK in Bangladesh’ yesterday, the British high commission said: “To the British citizens living in Bangladesh—the air flight from Dhaka to London and Manchester is still running. We advise you to go back to the UK.”

“Biman is continuing its flights to both London and Manchester. We are actively encouraging all UK citizens in Bangladesh to leave immediately and return to the UK. We do not have any plans to charter aircraft from Bangladesh,” Meher Nigar Jerin, senior press officer at the British high commission, told The Independent yesterday.

In its latest foreign travel advice, the UK said: “Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.” Sources in the British high commission in Dhaka said the advice is part of the UK government's concern for its citizens who are in other parts of the globe.

The first coronavirus case in Bangladesh was detected on March 8 when the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced that three persons had been tested positive with Covid-19. Bangladesh has so far confirmed 48 cases. Of these, five people have died, while 11 persons have recovered.

A total of 364 nationals of Malaysia and Bhutan left Bangladesh yesterday through different special flights. Of those foreign nationals, 225 people were Malaysian and 139 people Bhutanese, according to the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport authorities.

Earlier, on March 22, envoys of different countries of the European Union (EU) held a meeting with the foreign ministry to discuss how to take back their citizens living in Bangladesh amid the current situation. The foreign ministry said any country can take back their citizens by hiring aeroplanes, but the plane has to be empty when it lands here. The government suspended commercial flights from all countries, except China, Thailand, and the UK, until March 31.

 

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