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151 in quarantine on return from Italy

| Updated: July 11, 2020 18:31:02


The Bangladeshis who were sent back from Italy arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city on Friday — Collected The Bangladeshis who were sent back from Italy arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city on Friday — Collected

Some 151 Bangladeshi nationals were sent back home from Italy on Friday on their arrival as a significant number of passengers tested coronavirus positive at Rome airport earlier, according to officials at welfare desk of Shahjalal International Airport.

The retuning expatriate Bangladeshis were taken to the Ashkona Hajj camp for 14 days quarantine, they said.

However, the European country put restriction on entry of passengers from Bangladesh into its territory until October 5 because of the travellers carrying fake corona negative certificate.

The 151 expatriate' Bangladeshis reached Rome and Milan airports by two Qatar Airways flights on Wednesday last. They were denied entry into the country on suspicion that they were corona virus carriers.

According to officials, the Italian authorities imposed the bar on travel from Bangladesh after a good number of passengers of a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines tested positive for Covid-19 when they landed in Rome airport on July 6.

Italy then on July 8 denied entry to the 151 Bangladeshi passengers.

 Meanwhile: Bangladesh government allowed a limited number of foreign airlines including Qatar Airways to operate transit flights from Dhaka after resumption of international flight operation on June 16,.

Earlier, in June, Japan also put restrictions on special flights between Dhaka and Tokyo after four passengers who had travelled from Bangladesh tested positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine in Japan.

Migration experts said it is a bad piece of news for Bangladesh as many Italy-bound expatriates are waiting to return to their workplace. They will suffer a lot if the restriction continues.

According to Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB), around 12,000 to 15,000 Bangladeshis, mostly Italy-based expatriate workers, were waiting for their travel overseas at present.

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