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17 Jun 2020 | 02:44 PM UTC

Bangladesh: Authorities announce resumption of some international flights June 16 /update 16

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Bangladeshi authorities announce resumption of some international flights amid the easing of COVID-19 restrictions; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/17/2020, 10:00 PM until 7/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dhaka). COUNTRY/REGION Bangladesh

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Bangladeshi authorities announced on Tuesday, June 16, that international flight operations would resume at a limited scale amid the easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Hygiene and social distancing measures have been put in place throughout Bangladesh's airports.

From June 6 until June 20, the Bangladeshi government has classified Cox's Bazar (Chittagong division) as a red zone and placed specific lockdown restrictions on the area. All shops will be closed during this period except for food markets, which are permitted to open on Sundays and Thursdays only. Additionally, travel into and out of the town is not permitted during this period.

As of Wednesday, June 17, health authorities have confirmed 94,481 COVID-19 cases and 1262 associated deaths in China. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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