Bangladesh imposes two-week quarantine on passengers for Europe

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DHAKA, March 30 (Xinhua) — Passengers arriving from European countries including Britain must be institutionally quarantined for 14 days as a measure to contain the spread of the second of wave of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) made the announcement on Tuesday which will take effect from zero hour on March 31 until further notice, saying the passengers have to be in quarantine at government facilities or government approved hotels at their own expense.

Bangladesh, struggling against a new wave of infection, on Monday stepped up its COVID-19 combating measures after the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 5,181 new COVID-19 infections, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic started in the country.

Also on Tuesday, the DGHS reported 5,042 new COVID-19 infections, the second highest daily increase since the pandemic started in the country.

Since March 8, 2020, the coronavirus has spread to nearly every Bangladeshi district and the official data showed the national tally for COVID-19 infections has increased to 605,937 with 8,994 deaths including 45 new deaths on Tuesday.

The official data showed that 26,620 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 540,180 including 2,162 new recoveries on Tuesday. The COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.48 percent and the current recovery rate is 89.15 percent, according to the DGHS. Enditem

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