April 13, 2021

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Quarantine for 14 days after coming from abroad

Coronavirus infection is on the rise in the country. The government issued a notification on Monday with 18-point instructions in view of the resurgence of the infection. The circular, signed by Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Ahmed Kaikaus, said passengers must be on a mandatory 14-day quarantine as soon as they arrive from abroad.

Under previous guidelines, only those returning from the UK had to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. However, a directive issued by the Department of Health on January 13 stated that people returning to the UK must have four days of mandatory quarantine at the government’s initiative. If they get negative result after corona test, they will stay in quarantine for 10 more days in their respective homes.

On the other hand, if the result of the corona test is positive, the returnees to the UK will be admitted to a government-designated isolation center. Now, according to the new guidelines, if you come to Bangladesh from any country, not just the United Kingdom, you have to stay in the institutional quarantine for 14 days.
In this regard, Additional Director General (Planning and Development) of the Department of Health Mirzadi Sebrina Flora told Prothom Alo that previously 14-day quarantine was mandatory for passengers returning to the UK. According to the current notification, quarantine is mandatory from any country.

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