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14-day quarantine mandatory for UK returnees from Jan 1: Cabinet

All the UK returnees must stay in a 14-day institutional quarantine from January 1 to contain the spread of a new variant of Covid-19.

The decision came following a video conference chaired by Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday night.

The government will arrange hotel rooms for the passengers, but they will have to bear all the expenses, Information Secretary Khaja Mia said.

“Also, anyone arriving from other countries will have to carry a Covid-19 negative certificate.”

“Every returnee, whoever arrives by London flights, will have to stay in quarantine. Even if he or she was tested Covid-19 negative yesterday, the person will have to stay in a 14-day quarantine,” said Anwarul following a meeting of the cabinet earlier in the day.

There were two options – suspension of flight operation with London or going for strict quarantine for London returnees – at the meeting. Finally, the cabinet decided to enforce stricter quarantine rules for them, he said.

“The returnees must stay in either the government quarantine or any hotel under the supervision of the government.”

A notification will be issued for the enforcement of the quarantine rule after a logical time of two-three days, said Anwarul.

Source: United News of Bangladesh