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Bangladesh issues emergency directives to tackle Omicron

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:44 PM, 27 November 2021  

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Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has said that emergency directives have been issued to tackle Omicron, a new Covid-19 variant discovered in Africa, as soon as possible.

He said in an audio message while he was on his way to attend the ‘World Health Assembly Second Special Session’ to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday.

Maidul Islam, a senior information officer of the Ministry of Health, confirmed the matter on Saturday afternoon. 

In an audio message, the Health Minister said the country’s health ministry was aware of the new variant of Covid-19, called Omicron, which had recently spread to some European countries, including Africa, as a result, the ministry has taken some necessary steps.

The Omicron variant is a bit more dangerous than other variants of the Covid-19, however, the country’s health ministry is working on it. “Necessary steps have been taken to deal with the new variant of Covid-19,” Health Minister confirmed.

“We are aware of the new African variant and the virus is highly contagious,” Zahid Maleque said in an audio message, urging people not to panic over the virus. “For this, our communication with Africa is now being suspended.”

He further said that screening has been directed to be “intensified” at all airports, landports or all entrances in the country. At the same time, all DCs are being instructed to adhere to strict hygiene rules and wear face masks across the country.

Those who come from other affected parts of the world also need to be careful. The concerned branches have also been instructed to ensure that no person from the affected country can enter the country without screening in any way, the Health Minister added.

During the visit to Switzerland, DGHS director general Professor ABM Khurshid Alam and senior officials of the Ministry of Health and directorates were present at the airport.