The deadly coronavirus variant, which is ravaging neighboring India, has been found in Bangladesh, said the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) today.
“The variant was found testing a sample at Evercare Hospital in the capital,” Dr. A S M Alamgir, Senior Scientific Officer of IEDCR, told The Business Standard.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will brief the media at 3.30 pm in this regard.
Though the Bangladesh government closed the border with India for 14 days, starting from 26 April, amid virus surge, many Bangladeshis were allowed to enter the country, subject to having Covid-19 negative certificate. They were put in mandatory quarantine.
The World Health Organization last week said that the India variant has been found in over a dozen countries.
Besides, Public Health England said on Friday that coronavirus variant B.1.617.2, which was first identified in India, would be classified as a variant of concern due to evidence it was more transmissible.
Coronavirus infections soared in India in a “tsunami” of disease, setting a new world record for cases over the past few weeks.
India’s second wave has hit the country with such ferocity that hospitals are running out of oxygen, beds, and antiviral drugs. Many patients are being turned away due to a lack of space for them.
India on Saturday registered 401,078 new cases of the Covid-19, taking the caseload to over 21.8 million, according to the Union health ministry’s dashboard.
As many as 4,187 people succumbed to the disease on Friday and the toll has now climbed to 238,270 with a fatality rate of 1.09%.
More than 17.9 million have recovered so far while the active cases are at 3,723,446 and account for nearly 17% of the caseload.
The Indian variant is beginning its spread beyond the country’s borders. There’s concern in neighboring Nepal after a rapid rise in coronavirus cases attributed to the variant currently devastating India.
The Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, is already struggling with increased hospital admissions and resources stretched thin.