The evacuees and aircrew who returned to Dhaka on February 1 from an earlier evacuation flight are being quarantined for 14 days but none have tested positive.
Bangladeshis evacuated on a first flight from Wuhan are taken by bus to quarantine.
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Aircrew from Bangladesh’s national carrier Biman has refused to work on a flight aimed at repatriating citizens from virus-hit Chinese cities, forcing the government to scrap the evacuation plan. The South Asian nation last week evacuated 312 people, mostly students, from the epicentre of the deadly outbreak, and had planned a second flight for another 171 Bangladeshis. “We can’t bring them because we can’t send any flight,” foreign minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters on Saturday.
“No crew wants to go there. The crew who went there earlier don’t want to go either”. The outbreak, which has killed more than 800 people and infected tens of thousands across China, has spread to nearly more than two dozen other countries and sparked global concern. There have been no cases recorded in Bangladesh.