Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday urged people to join hands with the government saying joint efforts can help stop the coronavirus spread.
He sought cooperation from all so that returnees strictly maintain mandatory home or institutional quarantine noting that coronavirus transmitted here mainly from people who returned from abroad.
Sharing how China became successful in containing the virus, the Foreign Minister also urged the people to inform to local administration if anybody violates quarantine instructions.
He made the call while briefing reporters at state guesthouse Padma after a meeting.
The minister also informed that leaves of officials at the Health Ministry, Foreign Ministry and field-level officials have been cancelled.
Dr Momen said testing kits and medical logistics remain ready in China which will be brought any time by a chartered flight. Private companies are also willing to bring similarly.
This Chinese Emergency Humanitarian Aid Project includes coronavirus test kits for 10,000 people, 15,000 surgical N95 respirators (medical N95 mask), 10,000 medicalprotective clothing and 1000 infrared thermometers, according to Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.
Besides, Bangladesh will not allow passengers from Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore and India until March 31 to stop spread of imported virus, he added.
Passengers of commercial flights from these 10 countries will not be accepted.
The Foreign Minister said the government has decided to keep four routes -- the UK, China, Thailand and Hong Kong -- operational so that people can use these routes during any emergency need. "We can't lockdown the country fully."
He said the heads of Bangladesh missions abroad have been informed about the decision and urged the Bangladesh nationals abroad to defer their return plan to home realising the seriousness that the whole world is going through a crisis.
Earlier, flights from European countries, except the UK, were halted.
The Foreign Minister urged the Bangladesh expatriates abroad to be serious about the issue. "We can surely overcome the challenge."
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen was, among others, present at the briefing.