The variant was detected from a sample collected at a Dhaka hospital, says the IEDCR
Bangladesh has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, says the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
The variant has been detected from a sample collected at the Evercare Hospital in capital Dhaka, said ASM Alamgir, the chief scientific officer of the government’s disease control agency, on Saturday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described it as a “variant of interest,” suggesting it may have mutations that would make the virus more transmissible, cause more severe disease or evade vaccine immunity.
India is battling a devastating second wave of the coronavirus that has overwhelmed hospitals, morgues, and crematoriums.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.
Till Friday morning, the country reported total 11,833 Covid deaths and 770,842 cases.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China’s Wuhan city in late December, 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 3,285,000 lives and infected as many as 157,588,000 people across the world till Saturday noon, according to worldometer.
As many as 135,062,000 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.