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Bangladesh keeps eye on global corona crisis

New variant detected in SA; fresh lockdown imposed in many countries of Europe

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 27 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh keeps eye on global corona crisis

Bangladesh is reviewing the latest Covid-19 situation across the world to take necessary measures as a new variant of the deadly pathogen has been detected in South Africa with fresh lockdown imposed in many countries of Europe.

“We have come to know about emerging a new variant of coronavirus in South Africa. We are now verifying the situation and discussing it to take next measures,” Dr Md Nazmul Islam, director (Disease Control) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun on Friday.

He said screening has already been going on in Bangladesh ports to detect coronavirus-infected passengers while they are also being kept in isolation regularly.

“Our surveillance is already going on. So, we will take next step after verifying the situation,” the DGHS official added.

According to media reports, a heavily-mutated coroanvirus variant emerges in southern Africa. The variant known as B.1.1.529 has been detected in small numbers in the country.

The UK immediately moved to ban flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, the reports added.

Talking to the Daily Sun recently, Prof Dr Robed Amin, a spokesperson for the DGHS said if coronavirus enters our country from abroad, the cases may increase in Bangladesh.

He said the screening of passengers coming from abroad will have to be intensified at the airports in the country.    “If a common variant of corona comes from abroad, it will not be troublesome for us. But if a new variant comes, it will be difficult to face the situation,” Dr Robed added.

According to the DGHS, the daily corona infection rate has remained below 2 percent for the last few weeks and the country reported the daily positivity rate below 3 percent on the 53th consecutive day.

The DGHS data said the daily infection rate started declining from the beginning of September.  In the first three days of September this year, the infection rate was a little bit over 10 percent but the rate declined to below 10 percent from September 4 and below 5 percent infection rate was reported on September 21.

Dr Mohammad Mushtuq Husain, adviser to the IEDCR, said all new coronavirus patients should be kept under close observation and their treatment and proper isolation also will have to be ensured to face any third wave of the infection of the deadly pathogen.

Mentioning that there is no alternative to maintaining health guidelines to prevent the disease, he said the old people will have to be brought under vaccination immediately.

Due to a fresh surge of coronavirus in Europe, many countries have already imposed a fresh lockdown in a bid to resist transmission of the virus in wide range in the respective countries, media reports said.

Austria imposes a full lockdown further on Monday and Germany may follow it, as coroanvirus grips Europe further. A fourth wave of infections has plunged Germany into a national emergency.

The World Health Organization is "very worried" about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe as the continent battles a fresh wave of infections.