Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday said the government is bringing back its nationals from a number of countries in phases so that all returnees can avail of quarantine facilities institutionally.
"There's pressure on us. We're bringing them back phase-wise," he said after receiving medical logistics for doctors and nurses of Sylhet.
Dr Momen said those who will return home through the government efforts will have to go through mandatory quarantine. "We're enhancing quarantine facilities."
Bangladesh Private Medical College Association President Mubin Khan and Walton representatives handed over medical logistics including PPE, masks, gloves and shoe covers to Foreign Minister Momen at Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy in the city.
Dr Momen said the public and private sector are working together against COVID-19 which he finds very encouraging.
"Since we, the people of the country got united, we'll be able to make Bangladesh free from coronavirus," he said.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen was, among others, present.
The deaths from the coronavirus continue to rise in Bangladesh as nine more people died in the last 24 hours till Saturday, taking the fatalities in the country to 84.