Once bustling Hazrat Shahjalal Int’l Airport now almost barren

- A Monitor Report16 Mar, 2020 | 1352 Views|-+
Dhaka : Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, which used to bustle with millions of arriving and departing travellers just a few months ago, now seems entirely barren in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 5,000 people have died so far globally from the COVID-19 outbreak while there are more than 150,000 confirmed cases in 154 countries all across the world.

To contain the outbreak, countries all over the world are restricting travel while many have completely closed off their airports whereas some went into total lockdown completely isolating themselves from the rest of the world.

As a result, the global aviation industry is being significantly hit and Bangladesh is no exception.

Already five coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bangladesh while many are still in quarantine awaiting results.

Both international and local airlines have cut several flights to and from Bangladesh to many destinations worldwide.

Joining other nations around the world, Bangladesh, too, has restricted travel suspending flights to and from Europe, except the UK, in an effort to limit the coronavirus outbreak.

The country also banned visas-on-arrival for all countries for the same period.

The government will also ban entry from those countries who have banned arrivals from Bangladesh, according to an announcement made on March 14. These include India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

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