No new case of Omicron has been detected yet after finding the new variant of coronavirus among two women cricketers returned from Zimbabwe recently, said health minister Zahid Maleque.
“Both the women players are doing well. We have kept them in isolation. No evidence of transmitting the virus to others or anyone newly affected has been found yet,” he said.
He said there nothing to worry about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but all have to remain cautious.
Mentioning that the government has adequate coronavirus vaccine in stock now, Zahid Maleque urged people who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccine yet to take it as early as possible to stay protected.
Meanwhile, two members of the Bangladesh women’s cricket team, which remains in quarantine since returning from Zimbabwe amid the Omicron scare late last month, were confirmed on Saturday as the country’s first identified cases of the latest coronavirus variant of concern.
Since first being identified by South African doctors in the province of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg in mid-November, Omicron has spread quickly around the globe, and was said to be present in at least 57 countries by the WHO as of Thursday – before Bangladesh confirmed its cases, reports UNB.
Africa recorded more than 107 000 cases in the week ending on 5 December, up from around 55 000, according to WHO – up 93% over the previous week. Countries in southern Africa, where the variant is known to have been in circulation since early November, recorded the highest increase with a 140% hike mainly driven by an uptick in South Africa.