The pilots and crew of the Biman flight that brought back 314 Bangladeshis from China's coronavirus-hit Wuhan city on Saturday, are not being allowed to enter other countries, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.
He made the remark while talking to the media after a cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office in the capital today, Prothom Alo reports.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, senior ministers and government doctors.
The secretary also said another 171 Bangladeshis are waiting to return. However, Biman is facing problems as the pilots and crew are not being allowed to enter any other countries.
"The government is planning to hire a Chinese airline for the flight" he said adding that everyone returning from China will be kept in quarantine.
Asked, if Biman flights will suspend operations in China, the secretary said: "Four daily flights are still operating from Bangladesh to China having around 10 to 12 passengers. We are assuming that the airlines will suspend operating flights by their choice."
Earlier on Saturday, a charter flight of Biman Bangladesh arrived at Dhaka airport carrying 314 Bangladeshis, including 15 children, from the coronavirus-struck Wuhan city of China.