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.
The numbers of coronavirus infection cases and deaths rose in the last 24 hours till Friday morning as 1,887 new cases were detected and 34 died in the country during the period.
According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the total number of deaths from the deadly pathogen has reached 12,758 in the country with 34 new deaths. The total death rate has stood at 1.58 percent.
Some 1,887 infection cases were reported in the last 24 hours till Friday morning, raising the total number to 8,07,867. The daily infection rate has stood at 10.40 percent in the last 24 hours. Some 1,723 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recovery to 7,47,758 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has stood at 92.56 percent.
The DGHS said 13.42 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus till the date while 10.40 percent samples have been diagnosed with the fatal disease in a day.
A total of 18,151 samples, out of 18,459 collected, were tested at 509 labs in the country during the period, the report added. A total of 60,21,145 samples have been tested so far to detect coronavirus infection across the country.
The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.
Both infections and deaths from coronavirus started to decline from the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.
However, the numbers of infections and deaths started rising further from March 10. Highest 7,626 cases were reported on April 7 and record 112 deaths were registered on April 19.
Following a fresh surge in both infections and deaths from the deadly pathogen, the government enforced a lockdown which was extended in phases.
The government has extended the ongoing lockdown by another week until June 6 as there has been no substantial improvement in the Covid-19 situation.
Meanwhile, as many as 16 Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), health officials said on Friday.
Hospital Director Brigadier General Shamim Yazdani said of the deceased, 10 were Covid-19 positive patients while six others showed symptoms of the virus.
Chapainawabganj reported five new Covid-19 deaths and 109 fresh infections in the past 24 hours, health officials said.