Three Bangladeshi students, who returned home from India through the Burimari land port, have tested positive for coronavirus.
Lalmonirhat Civil Surgeon Dr Nirmalendu Roy on Sunday said samples collected from the students would be sent to Dhaka for tests to find out if they had been infected by the Indian variant.
The students have been kept in institutional quarantine under the supervision of the district administration at a hotel in Burimari.
Patgram Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Saifur Rahman said the students are doing well.
“Their samples will soon be sent to IEDCR for testing,” he said.
Bangladesh has kept all its borders with India shut since April 26 as the neighbouring country grapples with the new variant of the virus that has infected millions and claimed thousands of lives.
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Many Bangladeshi students and patients got stuck in India during the border closure. But they are being allowed to return home with the approval of the authorities concerned and on condition of undergoing mandatory quarantine after entering the country.
Until Sunday afternoon, 202 people returned through the Burimari land port.
Of the returnees, 83 are currently staying in quarantine at five residential hotels and 101 are in Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital.
Thirty-five of them were released by the upazila administration after they tested negative for the virus.