Coronavirus Outbreak in China

HSIA on high alert

Staff Correspondent

20 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has been put on high alert following an outbreak of a deadly virus – Coronavirus – in China.

“We have already asked the Shahjalal airport authority to remain alert about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Though there is nothing to be panicked yet but we have to remain alert about the deadly virus,” Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) told the daily sun.

He said the IEDCR already has sent letter to the HSIA authorities and asked to remain alert about the people, who are returning Dhaka from China.

ASM Alamgir, also a virologist, said they will visit the airport today to brief all concerned and train the airport staffs about the virus for screening the passengers who will come from China.

A team of the Communicable Diseases Control (CDC) of the Directorate General of Health Services (CDC) will carry out screening activities at the airport on the day.

The IEDCR sources said it has also sent letters to various airlines to remain about the Coronavirus. The DGHS and the airport authority will also hold a meeting about the virus today.

“We are alert and prepared to face any type of situation. A large number of people frequently visit China from Bangladesh while many Chinese people also visit Bangladesh every day. That’s why, the Health Directorate fears that the virus may entered Bangladesh through any human,” added ASM Alamgir.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States, a novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 40 confirmed human infections in China with two deaths reported. A number of countries are actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan and exported cases have been confirmed in Thailand.