Passengers coming from India through Benapole land port in Jessore will have to stay in the official quarantine for 14 days. The directive has been implemented since Wednesday.
Jessore Deputy Commissioner Tamizul Islam Khan said, “Quarantine has been ordered to be effective from today.” Benapole town has residential hotels with a capacity of 200 to 250 people. But now 400 to 500 passengers are coming through Benapole every day. For this reason, passengers may have to be evacuated to hotels in Jessore city. I will take steps in this regard. For now, we are taking initiative to implement the government guidelines.
The circular, signed by Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Ahmed Kaikaus, called for caution until further notice. Due to the increase in corona infection and death rate in the country, this measure has been asked to prevent infection. The directive letter reached the Jessore district administration, health department, Benapole immigration and police on Tuesday afternoon. According to the instructions, passengers from India have to stay in quarantine at their own expense.
Sharsha Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Yusuf Ali said this morning, ‘We have all kinds of preparations for immigration. But it is the responsibility of the administration to specify the hotel for quarantine. That has not been done yet. That is why it is not possible to send passengers to the institutional quarantine right now. ‘He said,’ The local administration and the health department are working together to create an environment to keep the passengers in the quarantine. A meeting has been held with the upazila administration about this.
An average of one and a half thousand passengers are traveling to India every day through Benapole. Tourist visas are closed. People are now traveling to India mainly for medical and business purposes.