165 Britain returnees in home quarantine
Dhaka, December 24: Bangladesh is not following the policy of keeping seven-day institutional quarantine of passengers from the United Kingdom, even after a new strain of the novel coronavirus was found in the European country. After landing at Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport, all the 165 passengers returning from Britain on Thursday morning, were sent to their respective homes with instructions to stay in home quarantine.
Md. Hafiz Ahmed, manager of MAG Osmani International Airport, said 165 passengers from the UK, who had landed in Sylhet, had been sent to the home quarantine as there were no new instructions.
He said Bangladesh Biman's BG202 flight with 165 passengers landed at Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport directly from the UK at 9:07 am. All of them had brought Covid-19 negative certificates from the UK and had been sent to their home quarantine as there were no signs of the virus even in the initial health examination in Bangladesh.
He also said that there was no need to send them to the institutional quarantine as there were no symptoms of the virus in their bodies.
Recently, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson announced the discovery of a new coronavirus. Since then, new features of the coronavirus have been discussed around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO), however, advised the world to be aware of the new virus without fear.
The new strain of the coronavirus is spreading 70 percent faster, according to international media reports. Discussions are also underway on whether the vaccine will work in the case of the virus.
However, top vaccine manufacturers in the market say that their vaccine will also be effective on new types of coronavirus. A preliminary analysis of the new features of the virus has been published and it is known that 17 important changes have taken place in it.