Virus scare in China: Screening of passengers taking place in Dhaka airport

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 21 Jan 2020

Dhaka: Amid fear of the breakout of a new SARS-like virus in China, the screening process of passengers has started in Bangladesh's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Screening is taking place in case of passengers visiting Bangladesh from China, media reports said.

Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of the airport, confirmed it to The Daily Star.

Three flights operate on the China-Bangladesh route, one of US Bangla and two Chinese airlines -- China Eastern and China Southern, the director said.

“The screening began with passengers of a flight that arrived around 7:30 in the morning from China,” he told the newspaper.

He said the screening of passengers traveling in the other two flights will also take place.

The outbreak of the new SARS-like virus in China has claimed four lives so far.

Measures to screen passengers from China arriving via transit at Chattogram’s Shah Amanat International Airport started today in order to prevent breakout of a new SARS-like virus, reported The Daily Star.

“Like Dhaka airport, we have also issued alert and began the screening process,” Wing Commander Sarower-e-Zaman, manager of the Chattogram airport told the newspaper.

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