2 Bangladeshi returnees in Jashore detected with Indian strain
Published: 07:19 PM, 8 May 2021 Updated: 07:19 PM, 8 May 2021
Genome Center at Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST)
The Indian variant of Covid-19 has been found in two Bangladeshi returnees from India who are currently in institutional quarantine in Jashore.
Professor Dr. Md. Anwar Hossain, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST), after the checkups at the university’s Genome Center.
In such a situation, the two patients were given separate treatment and all those who came in contact with them were advised to be quarantined and tested.
Bangladesh shut down the border with India as coronavirus infection became alarming there. As a result, thousands of Bangladeshis who went to India for treatment got stuck there, however, they have been returning to the country on April 28 with special permission.
As of May 4, 1577 people have returned through the Benapole border. They have been kept in institutional quarantine in various government and non-government establishments including residential hotels in Benapole, Jashore district and four adjoining districts.
Of the returnees from India, 16 were tested positive for Covid-19. After collecting their samples, tests at JUST’s Genome Center “confirmed the existence of Indian strain of coronavirus” among two, confirmed Dr. Md. Iqbal Kabir Zahid.
“This is not a double mutant, even then, there is no alternative for caution in preventing infection,” he said.