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Omicron: Country’s all ports ordered to strengthen security

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:26 PM, 28 November 2021   Updated: 04:49 PM, 28 November 2021

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All ports in the country have been warned over the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, which was detected in several countries including South Africa, said Md. Nazmul Islam, director (Disease Control) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

“Instructions have been issued to strengthen security at the ports,” Md. Nazmul Islam told the media in a regular briefing of DGHS on Sunday.

Noted that a new variant of Covid-19 was detected in South Africa last Tuesday. Besides South Africa, the new variant was also detected in Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a new name to this variant titled “Omicron”, described the variant as a new “concern”.

It is believed that the new variant ‘Omicron’ is far more “contagious” than all previous variants of Covid-19. However, experts have not yet confirmed whether the Omicron is more or less deadly than the other variants of the virus.

“WHO had already called the Omicron variant ‘worrying.’ We are also aware of this,” said DGHS director Md. Nazmul Islam.

The DGHS director added that the country has seen a low rate of Covid-19 cases in the last 30 days while the detection rate is less than 2 percent. “But we have no reason to be complacent in such a situation. There is no alternative for adhering to the mask and following other hygiene rules,” said Md. Nazmul Islam.