In the wake of the new Coronavirus spreading Chinese nationals working on the Padma Bridge projects have been temporarily banned from travelling to China. Likewise, those who went to China for holidays have been stopped from coming into Bangladesh.
“There is no reason to panic over Coronavirus. But preventive measures have been taken,” Padma Bridge Executive Engineer and Project Director Abdul Quader told Bangla Tribune.
“Those Chinese workers who went to China are not being allowed to come back. And those in Bangladesh are not leaving,” he added.
He, however, could not confirm how many of the 1100 Chinese workers are on leave.
No worker, local or foreign have yet been infected, said the project’s Senior Occupational and Health Specialist Mahmud Hossain Faruk.
“However, since the virus does not have a vaccine, preventive measures are being taken,” he said.
He added that in addition to awareness programs and ensuring the workers wear masks and maintain hygiene, the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is already monitoring the situation.
He said that the Chinese employees have separate living and food arrangements its being ensured that those who serve them are always wearing safety dresses.