Amid fear over coronavirus, Bangladesh is bringing back 316 individuals from China in a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Prothom Alo reported.
They were stranded in China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak.
“Flight BG 7002 is scheduled to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:50am (Saturday),” Biman’s deputy general manager Tahera Khondoker said.
The Bangladeshi citizens include 301 adults, 12 children and three infants.
On Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of China gave clearance for the special Biman flight.
“We’re ready to bring back Bangladeshis living there. We’ve also informed the Chinese government. They’ve given permission. We can now bring our citizens back,” foreign minister AK Abdul Momen had told reporters at a briefing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Since it emerged, coronavirus has infected more than 11,000 people, mostly in China.
More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries.
On Friday, Beijing said the death toll had risen by 46 to 259 – all of them in China and 249 in Hubei province, according to BBC.