Bangladesh rules out plans to bring back 171 trapped citizens of China affected by the coronavirus
On February 1, the Biman Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER state plane brought back 312 Bangladeshis, including 12 children and three babies in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, which has claimed 811 lives and infected more than 37,000 people
“We can’t send any flights. No crew member agrees to go there either. So, we’ve told them [stranded Bangladeshis] wait, “said Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen, according to bdnews24.com.
The government has said that the number of Bangladeshis who wanted to return but could not return is 171.
Momen also denied reports that some of the stagnant Bangladeshi citizens complained about the shortage of food and drinking water due to the closure, saying Chinese authorities were providing food and water to the 23 places where the Bangladeshis are staying.
He said that the Bangladeshi Embassy in Beijing maintained regular contact with the Vaginals of Bangladesh.
According to a report in the Dhaka Tribune, the minister said the government has dedicated a lot of time to those who intend to return.
“However, it is still not possible (bring them back). Biman crew members who brought some 312 Bangladeshi people from China are now banned from flying to other countries,” he said.
He said only a Chinese charter flight could bring the citizens of Bangladesh back, according to the report.
“Previously, the Chinese authorities agreed to do so, but then rejected it. We cannot send any flights there,” he said.
According to the report, Momen made the comments days after the cabinet secretary, Khandker Anwarul Islam, said about 171 Bangladeshis would be expelled from Wuhan after authorization from the Chinese authorities.
The virus emerged in early December and has been traced to a market in Wuhan that sold wild animals.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak as a global emergency.