Refused 151 Bangladeshis return home from Italy
Published: 10:23 AM, 10 July 2020
151 Bangladeshis who could not enter into Italy due to coronavirus issues have returned home. The Qatar Airways QR-638 flight landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 2.34 pm on Thursday.
Sources in the Armed Police Battalion (APBN) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport confirmed the matter.
Earlier on Thursday, the flight left Doha, Qatar for Dhaka at 7 pm local time.
Meanwhile, 151 people from Italy will be sent to the official quarantine as per the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Besides, in the case of other passengers, body temperature will be measured through a health certificate and thermal scanner. If all goes well, they will be instructed to stay in the home quarantine for 14 days.
Italy did not allow 151 Bangladeshi passengers to enter into the country, who reached Rome and Milan airports by two Qatar Airways flights on Wednesday, on suspicion of carrying COVID-19 positive passengers. They were later sent back.
Earlier, Italy suspended Bangladeshi flights after coronavirus was detected in the bodies of more than two dozen Bangladeshi passengers on a flight.
Meanwhile, Italy has also banned entry to foreign nationals traveling to Bangladesh in the last two weeks. Italy’s Ministry of Health issued a special ordinance on Thursday banning 13 high-risk countries. The countries are Bangladesh, Armenia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.