Community transmission of Indian Covid variant found

Staff Correspondent

4th June, 2021 08:56:31 PM printer

Community transmission of Indian Covid variant found

The numbers of coronavirus infection cases and deaths have increased in the bordering districts in the last few days as the Indian variant of the virus has spread in the country.

A report of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said the number of coronavirus infection cases has been increasing in different districts of the country, including the bordering areas.

Since the first case of Indian variant was detected in the country on May 8, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research and Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) completed genome sequencing of 50 samples of coronavirus.

After testing the 50 samples, the IEDCR has found that 40 people (80 percent of the patients) were infected with the Indian variant of the deadly Covid-19 disease, said a report of the IEDCR.

Among the 40 patients, eight were tested positive after returning from India while 18 others came in contact with overseas returnees although they did not travel abroad.

However, the remaining 14 people neither travelled abroad nor came in contact with those who have recently returned.

The institute also found that 16 percent of the samples were infected with Beta variant.

The recent survey found evidence of community transmission of the variant and also detected an unknown variant in the country.  

On May 28, the Indian variant of Covid-19 was detected among seven Bangladeshis in Chapainawabganj.

Before that, on May 18, after returning home from neighbouring India, some three to four people were diagnosed with the Indian variant of Covid-19 in Chapainawabganj and Jashore districts.

Some six people were diagnosed with the deadly Indian variant in Jashore on May 8, for the first time in Bangladesh.