Omicron drives a surge in Bangladesh, cases now stand at 30

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Dhaka, Jan 10: Nine more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Bangladesh, taking the total tally to 30 till Monday, according to GISAID, the global database for genomic data on the coronavirus.

Earlier, 11 more Omicron cases were detected in the country on Friday.

On December 11, Bangladesh reported its first two cases of the Omicron variant in two members of the Bangladesh women cricket team.

They had returned from Zimbabwe after taking part in the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers. The event was, however, called off midway due to the surge of Omicron.

The GISAID findings were based on the data submitted by the Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) in Dhaka.

Working in partnership with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research and icddr,b, the infectious diseases laboratory at ideSHi has begun processing Covid-19 test samples from patients across Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the positive cases of Coronavirus have increased by 115 per cent in Bangladesh over the last one week compared to the previous week, says the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

“As many as 6,300 new Covid cases have been reported in one week which is 3,376 more than the previous week,” said DGHS Director Prof Nazmul Islam in the regular DGHS briefing on Sunday.

During the period, he said, 23 Covid patients have died, which is 15 per cent higher than the previous week.