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1st case of Omicron sub-variant BF.7 detected in Bangladesh

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A patient infected with Omicron sub-variant BF.7 has been found in Bangladesh, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed on Sunday.

He is one of the four returnees from China who tested positive for Covid-19 at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday and were then kept in isolation, said Prof Dr Najmul Islam, director (diseases control) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Dr Nazmul said they are not worried about the detection of Omicron sub-variant cases in the country.

“We don’t anyone to get panicked as our positivity rate is now below one percent now. But we have taken the matter seriously and trying to prevent its spread,” he said.

Replying to a question, he said that they are closely monitoring the situation and testing those regularly who are returning to the country from the affected countries.

Those who tested positive for Covid-19 are being sent to isolation centers, he added.

In the wake of the surge in the new sub-variant of Covid-19 infections, Omicron BF.7, in different countries including China and India, the government has asked all to take necessary steps in maintaining health guidelines in all airports, land ports, and river ports across the country.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notice in this regard on December 26.

The emergence of new sub-variant Omicron BF.7 is most likely responsible for the current surge of COVID-19 infection in China, India, and other countries which is more transmissible, said DGHS.

To contain the spread of Covid, DGHS has instructed the authorities concerned to strengthen surveillance and screening of people coming to Bangladesh from countries including China, India, Japan, South Korea, USA, France, Brazil, and Germany.

UNB . Dhaka




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