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3 more cases of Omicron found at JUST lab

 Jashore Correspondent  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:43 PM, 12 January 2022  

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Jashore University of Science & Technology (JUST) has identified Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19, in the bodies of three people at the Genome Center of the university. Two of them are Indian and one is Bangladeshi.

A team of researchers detected the new variant of Covid-19 through genome sequencing at the Genome Center of JUST on Wednesday. 

JUST’s Genome Center informed that among the two Indian nationals – one is male, 30 and the other is female, 41. They had shown ‘slight’ symptoms of COVID. The other one is a Bangladeshi, 25, who may have been infected locally, the research team speculates, saying that “he had no symptoms other than cold and sore throat for three days”.

The new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, spreads very quickly. It is about four times more powerful than the COVID’s Delta variant. 

According to the research team, there are already more than “30 mutations” in this new spike protein of Covid-19. The data of the three people detected with Omicron have been submitted to the GSID database.

Confirming the matter, JUST Vice Chancellor Dr. Anwar Hossain said Omicron is “rapidly contagious”. For this, it is necessary to strictly adhere to the hygienic rules including vaccination and use of masks. 

He also said that the work of identifying Omicron will continue at the Genome Center.

The research team is led by the chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Associate Director of the Genome Center, Professor Dr. Md. Iqbal Kabir Zahid.

The other members are – Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Hasan Md. Al-Imran, Shovan Lal Sarkar, Assistant Professor of Department of Microbiology, ASM Rubaiyatul Alam, Lecturer Shaminur Rahman, Prashant Kumar Das, a research assistant at the Genome Center, Ali Ahsan Setu and Taukir Ahmed.