Keeping China-returnees’ identities secret a moral responsibility: IEDCR

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Dhaka, Feb 15: The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Saturday requested journalists not to stay at Ashkona quarantine camp and adjoining areas during the release of 312 Wuhan-returnees saying that keeping their identities secret is a moral responsibility.The 312 China-returnees are set to go home on Saturday afternoon after their health screening and necessary advices, said a press release.

“Many journalists expressed interest to observe the quarantine period ending activities. We welcome the interest but it is the moral and professional responsibility of both sides to keep the returnees’ identities secret.  So today’s programme was not kept open to all, “said the release

The China-returnees were kept at Ashkona Hajj camp and Combined Military Hospital for observation since February 1.

The press release, signed by IEDCR Director Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, said health screenings of all the 312 Bangladeshis will completed this afternoon.

Journalists and all concerned have been urged to co-operate in this regard with sensitivity, it said.

The viral outbreak that began in China has so far infected more than 67,000 people globally and killed 1,523 others, reports AP.