7 workers detected with Indian Covid variant in Dhaka’s Nawabganj
Published: 12:25 PM, 6 June 2021
Seven workers of an Ashrayan Project in Dhaka's Nawabganj Upazila were detected with the Indian Covid-19 variant.
Confirming the information, Upazila Health Officer Dr Mohammad Shahidul Islam said that 10 workers, hailing from Chapainawabganj district, were tested for coronavirus and seven of them were detected with the Indian variant.
Earlier on May 18, the 10 workers came to join Matabpur Ashrayan Project at Nawabganj's Keilile union. They all came in a truck along with 63 others. As some of them had cough, cold and fever, the authorities asked them on May 23 to provide their samples for Covid-19 tests but they refused to do so.
On May 25, a separate medical team was formed and it collected samples from some of the workers. After laboratory tests, the results of 10 workers came positive for Covid-19.
Apprehending the existence of the Indian variant, the medical team sent the samples of the Covid-19 patients to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Dhaka where seven, out of the 10, were detected with the Indian variant on June 3.
Now all the patients are undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH), Dhaka.
The highly contagious Indian variant of the coronavirus was detected in Bangladesh for the first time on May 8.