Bangladesh reports 13 more cases of Indian Covid variant
Published: 12:45 PM, 29 May 2021 Updated: 02:11 PM, 29 May 2021
Bangladesh has detected 13 more cases of the highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India. With this, a total of 20 Covid-19 patients have been identified with the variant so far in the country.
Prof Tahmina Shirin, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), confirmed the information on Saturday morning.
It has been reported that seven of the 13 patients did not visit India recently.
With the development, eight people have been diagnosed with the variant so far despite not visiting India in recent times. So, the transmission happened locally.
In this regard, Prof Tahmina Shirin said: "We have detected seven new patients with the Indian variant, even though they did not visit India recently. So, we're certain that the transmission happened locally."
Of the 13 new cases, seven were from Chapainawabganj, where local administration has enforced a lockdown till Monday to control the surge of Covid-19 cases.
Earlier on May 8, two COVID-19 patients who returned from India were detected with the Indian variant. Labeled as B.1.617 variant, the fourth variant of concern was first identified in India last year and has spread to 50 countries.