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Bangladesh detects fourth Omicron case

Health authorities reported third Omicron case on Monday
Update : 28 Dec 2021, 11:09 PM

Bangladesh has detected another case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, taking the tally to four.

The health authorities submitted the fourth genome sequence of Omicron to the Global Initiative On Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) yesterday afternoon.

According to GISAID, the fourth case has been detected in a lab of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).

Sources said the new infected is a 33-year-old female, a resident of Dhaka. Her sample was collected on December 20.

On Monday, Bangladesh submitted a genome sequence confirming the identification of the third case, after the health authorities admitted the presence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in two women cricketers earlier in the month.

The third Omicron infected person is a man, aged 56, from Dhaka. His sample was collected on December 23. The Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) conducted the genome sequencing of the sample.

Meanwhile, the two women cricketers have recovered from Covid and will be able to return home soon. According to a source close to the IEDCR, they have tested negative for the Omicron variety.

As of 6pm yesterday, 89 countries shared 64,087 Omicron genome sequences with GISAID.

Indian media reported that India’s Omicron cases went up to 653 yesterday, while Pakistan media said some 75 cases had been identified there.

GISAID said Nepal and Sri Lanka had made submissions of three Omicron variant genome sequences each while the Maldives reported two.

Experts have called for more vigilance at the border and beyond the border of the country to contain the spread of the new variant.

The Bangladesh government recently made 14 days of institutional quarantine mandatory for those returning from seven African countries which have detected Omicron.

Bangladesh has been seeing a surge in Covid cases recently. Since September 21, the country has been maintaining a below 5% Covid-19 transmission rate that has remained below 2% from October 22.

Yesterday, the health authorities reported 397 new cases in 24 hours with an infection rate of 2.1%.

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