The US Department of State and US Embassy in Dhaka have arranged a special chartered flight for US citizens and their families to take them to USA amid the fears of coronavirus spread in Bangladesh.
The special flight will depart from Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday and will land in Dulles International Airport, Washington DC via Qatar. However, passengers will not disembark from the airplane in Doha as precaution.
In a statement US Embassy said, "All passengers must agree to reimburse the US Government for the flight by signing a promissory note for approximately the amount of a full-fare economy flight, or comparable alternate transportation, to the designated destination that would have been charged immediately prior to this crisis. "
"This form must be signed and presented before boarding. No cash or credit card payments will be accepted at the airport. You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond Washington, DC. The US Embassy is unable to book any onward travel for you. The exact departure time and routing of this chartered flight are subject to change," the statement reads.
No new patient was detected positive with the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh in last two days in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people have died in the United States after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The deaths have more than doubled since Thursday.
Bangladesh confirmed the first death from coronavirus infection on March 18, second on March 21, third on March 23, fourth on March 24 and fifth death on March 25 in the country.
Globally, 678,720 people have so far got infected with the highly contagious coronavirus and 31,700 have died from it.