DHAKA: A total of 327 Japanese nationals left here for Tokyo this morning by a special chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biman’s Boeing 777 aircraft carrying them left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:20am for Narita Airport of Japan, Tahera Khandakar, deputy general manager (public relations) of Biman told Banglanews.
Apart from the Japanese passengers, the flight included Biman’s 18 crew members and five ground staff.
The Japanese Embassy here chartered the flight of the Biman through the Bangladesh government, the Biman sources said.
On March 30 (Monday), 269 US citizens left here by a special chartered flight of the Qatar airways while 225 Malaysians and 139 Bhutanese citizens left here on March 23 through chartered flights on their personal choice amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus affected persons in the country is now 54, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Bangladesh so far reported six deaths from coronavirus. Currently, 22 patients are undergoing treatment. Twenty-six coronavirus patients have recovered till date.
BDST: 1216 HRS, APR 02, 2020