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A total of 328 US citizens left Bangladesh on Monday as the US government arranged the third chartered flight for those who opted to go back home on their personal choice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Qatar Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) with 328 US citizens, including 17 infants, at 6:09pm today, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) spokesperson told media.

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The flight carrying the US citizens, mostly expatriate Bangladeshis residing in the USA permanently, will reach at Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC via Doha, Qatar, while the passengers will remain on the aircraft in Doha.

On 30 March, 269 US citizens, who had been stranded here due to the global outbreak of coronavirus first, left Bangladesh by the first chartered flight while on 5 April 322 US citizens departed Dhaka by an identical flight for the USA.

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Earlier, the US embassy officials said here this kind of arrangement is not only taking place in Bangladesh as so far, the US State Department arranged special flights from 28 countries around the globe to take back more than 10,000 US citizens to the USA.

Besides the US nationals of different European countries, Japan, Malaysia and Bhutan also left here by chartered flights amid outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.