Bangladesh passengers arrive in Italy with fake Covid-19 certificates
Published : Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 at 10:38 PM Count : 480
Italian authorities stopped 125 Bangladeshi people from entering the country on Wednesday after they landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport on a flight from Qatar.
The move comes as Italy tries to contain an outbreak of coronavirus among the Bangladeshi community in the Lazio region. The passengers will return to Doha on the same flight later Wednesday, while those who disembarked were tested for Covid-19 and quarantined for 14 days.
On Monday, An Italian newspaper also reported that several people on Monday's flight arrived in Italy with fake certificates, purchased from medics in Bangladesh, declaring they had tested negative for Covid-19.
On Tuesday, Italy suspended flights from Bangladesh for a week after 36 people who arrived in Rome on board a flight the day before tested positive for coronavirus.
Lazio authorities estimate that as many as 600 Bangladeshi citizens in Rome and the surrounding areas could potentially have the virus. Alesso D'Amato, Lazio’s health councillor, told Il Messaggero newspaper:
"Our experts made calculations based on the data obtained from the sample of passengers on the flight that arrived from Dhaka on Monday in which 13% of the passengers tested positive. The result is very worrying when taking into account all the flights, including those with a stopover, that brought Bangladeshi migrants back to Italy."
The newspaper also reported that several people on Monday's flight arrived in Italy with fake certificates, purchased from medics in Bangladesh, declaring they had tested negative for Covid-19.
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