Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
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Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
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IEDCR reports the discovery of a new Covid strain, Omicron BF.7, in Bangladesh

Health Desk

IEDCR reports the discovery of a new Covid strain, Omicron BF.7, in Bangladesh

According to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) sources, the highly contagious novel Omicron sub-variant of coronavirus, BF.7, has been found in the country.

"The presence of a new variant was confirmed in the genome sequence reports  of one of the four Covid-19 infected Chinese citizens," IEDCR Director Dr Tahmina Shirin told BSS today.  Four passengers from China tested positive for Covid-19 at Hazrat Shahjalal  International Airport recently after the authorities geared up health  screening as they fear the spread of a sub-variant of Omicron, the  Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) sources said. The new variant is capable of infecting many people within a shorter period,  it said adding: "The new sub-variant of Omicron is four times higher  transmissible and the incubation period is shorter enabling it to infect many  people at a time."

 

 

JH