Passengers returning from the United Kingdom (UK) who are not interested in staying at the Government Institutional Quarantine Center will now have to stay at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel, on Airport Road in the capital, at their own expense.
This information was given in an order signed by Dr Bilkis Begum, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism and the Director-General of the Department of Health were requested to take necessary steps regarding the designated hotel for the convenience of the passengers in the said order.
Meanwhile, the UK strain of the novel coronavirus was found in Bangladesh in January this year.
"The new strain has been found in six people who returned from the UK so far," confirmed Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer at the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research to The Business Standard.
Earlier, on 28 December last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued an order suggesting institutional quarantine for the UK-returnees to prevent the transmission of highly-susceptible novel coronavirus strains identified in the UK. Later, from 1 January, it was made mandatory as per the government's guidelines.