Bangladesh detects 140 cases of four foreign variants...

Dhaka, Wednesday   16 June 2021

Bangladesh detects 140 cases of four foreign variants

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:34 PM, 30 May 2021   Updated: 04:48 PM, 30 May 2021

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Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday said that four foreign variants had been detected in the samples of 140 people in Bangladesh. 

Of them, 85 people have been diagnosed with the South African variant while 23 were with Indian, 27 with the UK and five with Nigerian variants.

Prof Tahmina Shirin, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) came up with the information in a regular coronavirus bulletin of the DGHS on Sunday. 

She said so far these variants have been detected by sequencing 263 genomes across the country. Indian variants have been found in the samples of people who returned from India and those who come in contact with them.

Mentioning that the COVID-19 variant is not a new issue, Dr Tahmina Shirin said the more genome sequences are done, the more variants will be identified. Whatever the variant, it is important to maintain hygiene rules.