36 Italy returnees complete quarantine in Gazipur

National Desk

30 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

GAZIPUR: Thirty-six Bangladeshis returning from the Italy can go home today upon completion of a 14-day quarantine at 20-bed Meghdubi Mother and Child Welfare Centre in Gazipur.

“All of the returnees from Italy are in the last stage of quarantine period. They would be able to leave the camp today following health check-ups,” says a press release from Gazipur Civil Surgeon office on Sunday.

On March 14, 36 Bangladeshis who had been stranded in Italy --were flown back to the country in a chartered flight arranged by the government and were kept quarantined in Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Govt. Hospital in Uttara.

After landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), 36 of the returnees were sent to the hospital as they had high body temperature.

Later, all of them were tested coronavirus negative by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). They were also announced clear of infection by the IEDCR.

Medical admission of any Italy returnee does not necessarily mean coronavirus infection. We should not say it’s coronavirus infection until it is proven through test. Otherwise, it creates panic,” the civil surgeon said.

He urged journalists to come forward to prevent panic.