Italy has ordered a one-week suspension of incoming flights from Bangladesh after a spate of coronavirus cases near Rome were traced to members of the Bangladeshi community who had recently returned to Italy.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said beyond the dozen or so infections registered in recent days, more positive cases were traced to passengers on the latest flight that arrived in Rome on Monday.
The Rome area is home to some 20,000 immigrants from Bangladesh. A new COVID-19 cluster broke out near Rome after a worker recently returning from Bangladesh infected the owner and fellow workers at a restaurant outside the city. Based on that cluster, public health authorities urged members of the Bangladeshi community to get tested.