'Int'l airports in the country to remain on high alert to contain Omicron'
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism has directed the international airports in the country to remain on high alert to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.
Passengers from the "affected countries" will be screened separately at the airports, State Minister for Civil Aviation M Mahbub Ali told The Daily Star.
Bangladesh has no direct flights with any of the African countries where the new Covid-19 variant was detected.
However, people have the opportunity to enter the country after a transit from a third country.
"Although we do not have any direct flights with South Africa, we have asked to bring the transit passengers under special screening," said the state minister
"We have to remain alert and I have already spoken to the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh in this regard," he said.
Mahbub also requested those coming from abroad to be careful considering their own family and follow instructions from the government.