• Saturday, Sep 25, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:39 am

BSMMU: 98% of Bangladesh's Covid patients infected with Delta variant

  • Published at 01:18 pm August 5th, 2021
Covid-19 Suhrawardy Medical Hospital Mehedi Hasan
File photo of a Covid-19 patient is taken out of an ambulance and into Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka on Thursday, July 8, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Mortality rate higher among people with diabetes, cancer, respiratory, lungs diseases

Some 98% of Bangladesh's Covid-19 patients in July were infected by the highly contagious Delta variant, according to a new study.

The study also found presence of the South African variant and the newfound Nigerian variant in the country but on a negligible scale.

Prof Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, disclosed the findings on Thursday while publishing a report on the genome sequencing of Covid-19.

Also the genome sequencing research supervisor, Prof Sharfuddin said the study was conducted on 300 Covid-19 patients infected between June 29 and July 30 by collecting nasopharyngeal swab samples.

The researchers collected 42% samples from Dhaka, 14% from Rangpur, 12% from Chittagong, 11% from Rajshahi, 6% from Mymensingh and Sylhet each, 5% from Barisal and 4% from Khulna.

Among the 300 patients, 53% were men and 47% women, and the patients were aged between nine months and 90 years, but the number of 30-39 years old patients was the highest.

It was found that the mortality rate is higher among those who are suffering from diabetes, cancer, respiratory and lungs diseases. Besides, repeated infection can increase risk of death among patients above 60 years of age.

Researchers said that in January this year most people were infected with the UK/Alpha variant, and by March South African/Beta variant took the lead.

However, according to the last one month’s data, 98% people were infected with the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) and only 1% with the South African variant (B.1.351).

Only one patient has been found infected with the Nigerian variant (B.1.525).

The purpose of the Covid-19 genome sequencing research is to prepare the Bangladeshi Covid-19 genome database and understand the nature of the genome as well as its mutation. BSMMU will continue the sequencing and will update the result every month, Prof Sharfuddin said.

The research will also help find connections between the trend of virus surge in Bangladesh and the rest of the world, he added. 

“A few people question that 60% people of Maldives and Bhutan are vaccinated now, then why we couldn’t reach there yet. But if we think rationally, they don’t have a huge population like us. We are a 170-million population and still we are doing much better in comparison to others,” he claimed.

The VC also urged everyone to wear a mask and take vaccine, and requested not to take part in any “anti-vaccine campaign.”

Facebook 72
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail