Amid a concern over the Indian variant of coronavirus, eleven people, who returned home from India on May 5, have tested positive for Covid-19.
All the Covid-19 patients are now undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of Satkhira Medical College and Hospital.Some 142 Bangladeshi nationals returned home from India on May 5 and the samples of all the returnees were collected for test.
Of them, 11 turned out to be positive for Covid-19 as the results came out on Tuesday night, said Satkhira Civil Surgeon Husain Safayet.
The others were kept at three quarantine centres in Satkhira and their quarantine period will be completed today.
However, the samples of the 11 Covid-19 patients will be sent to IEDCR for testing to know whether those are the deadly Indian variants.
Deputy Commissioner of Satkhira SM Mostafa Kamal said all the 11 Covid-19 patients were sent to the isolation unit of Satkhira Medical College and Hospital for treatment under special management.
Meanwhile, panic gripped the residents of Satkhira district town after hearing that the Indian returnees have been kept in different hotels in the district town.As India has been experiencing a new strain of Covid-19, the government imposed restrictions along the border areas of Bangladesh. According to the World Health Organisation, the Indian variant has already spread to 60 countries across the world.
The Bangladeshi citizens currently travelling to India for treatment and having visas with validity for less than 15 days could enter Bangladesh only through Benapole, Akhaura and Burimari after taking permission from Bangladesh diplomatic missions in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Agartala and with a mandatory Covid-negative certificates done through PCR test within 72 hours of entry.