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07 Jul 2020 | 05:02 PM UTC

Italy: Flights from Bangladesh suspended following imported COVID-19 cases July 7 /update 34

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Italy suspends flights arriving from Bangladesh due to COVID-19 on July 7; confirm itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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Authorities announced on Tuesday, July 7, that flights from Bangladesh have been suspended after multiple passengers on a flight from Bangladesh to Rome tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The suspension will last at least one week and authorities will be working to introduce new precautionary measures that shall apply to all arrivals from outside the EU and Schengen area. Authorities in the Lazio region are currently urging members of the Bangladeshi community to undertake tests for COVID-19 after the cases were identified among passengers on the flight to Rome.

Alitalia resumed international flights from Milan in July. The airline resumed operations on 52 international routes to 37 airports, around 60 percent more flights than in June.

As of July 7, there have been 241,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, and 34,869 associated fatalities. Further international 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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