The government has spent Tk2.30 crore to bring back 312 Bangladeshis from coronavirus-striken Wuhan city of Hubei province in China, said a civil aviation ministry press release on Monday.
After the first case of coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on December 31, 2019, China sealed off the city in fear of a rapid spread of the virus among the local people.
Against such a backdrop, Bangladeshi students studying in various universities in Hubei province appealed to the Bangladeshi embassy in China to evacuate them from the lockdown.
Responding to the students' plea, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered immediate evacuation of the trapped students.
Under her directive, Biman Bangladesh Airlines sent a special flight styled "Rescue Ferry Flight (BG-7002)" to retrieve the Bangladeshi nationals willing to leave China. The flight landed in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 312 Bangladeshis.
The coronavirus is infectious and takes about 14 days for any symptoms to show up on the victims.This is why the government the government has set up a quarantine zone at Haji Camp at the capital's Ashkona area to keep the returnees from China under observation. The returnees were tested upon arrival and are being monitored by physicians at the camp.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has taken the responsibility to supply the 312 returnees with necessary commodities.
Government-appointed doctors are constantly supervising them.