Published:  03:42 AM, 23 May 2020

74 more stranded Bangladeshi return from India

Bangladesh brought back 74 more its stranded nationals from India on Friday afternoon. With the aforesaid returnees, Bangladesh has brought back over 3,500 people through 25 chartered flights amid the ongoing flight suspension due to COVID -19 pandemic.

A ferry flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed at HSIA from Kolkata at 4 pm on Friday bringing back 74 Bangladeshi citizens, spokesperson of the airlines Deputy General Manager (PR) Tahera Khondokar told BSS. As per the government decision, all the returnee Bangladeshis would be sent to a 14-day institutional quarantine under the management of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) if they fail to show medical certificates at the airport on their arrival in Dhaka.

Apart from Kolkata, Dhaka in coordination with Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi operated chartered flights from other Indian cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore since April 20.

Most of the returnees from India comprise patients, their families, students and tourists while apart from air routes over 500 Bangladesh nationals returned home by road in the last two weeks from a number of Indian cities, said Bangladesh mission in Delhi in a statement, earlier.

Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi in coordination with Bangladesh missions in Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati and Agartala is still working to bring back the rest of the Bangladesh citizens who are willing to return home, it added.

On May 14, Bangladesh extended the ongoing ban on flight operation for the sixth consecutive time till May 30 to and from all European countries and the nations that restricted the entry of Bangladeshis to their territories as well as on all domestic routes over the coronavirus fear.

Bangladesh also repatriated stranded Bangladeshis from different other countries including the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Other countries, including India, the USA, the UK, India, Japan, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Bhutan,Myanmar and different European countries also operated several special chartered flights amid the flight suspension to repatriate their citizens from here.

Nearly 333,000 people have so far been killed and nearly 5.1 million infected worldwide by the COVID-19, which has left half of humanity under some form of lockdown and pushed the global economy towards its worst downturn.

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