Indian variant detected in 68% COVID patients in Dhaka
Published: 07:50 PM, 17 June 2021 Updated: 08:35 PM, 17 June 2021
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) has said 68 percent of the total Covid-19 patients in Dhaka are detected with the Delta or Indian variant of coronavirus.
ICDDRB has revealed the alarming report through research on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier, a study by the ICDDRB in the first week of June showed that “four-fifths” of the tested samples were the Indian strain of coronavirus.
Since May 16, 50 samples of Covid-19 have been collected from different parts of the country. By sequencing that sample genome, the Indian variant was found in 80 percent.
IEDCR’s genome sequencing results showed that out of 50 samples, 40 were delta variants, i.e. Indian variant, known as B.1.617.2. Besides, 8 were the South African or beta variant (18 percent), one was circulating and the other was Un-Identified (B.1.1.318.)
Most of the samples were taken from Dhaka, Gopalganj, Chapainawabganj and Khulna. The Indian variant is most prevalent in Chapainawabganj, Gopalganj and Khulna.
The IEDCR said in a statement that “15 of the 16” samples collected from Chapainawabganj district were of Indian variant.