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Bangladesh on alert to prevent new African variant: Maleque

Published : 27 Nov 2021 10:36 PM | Updated : 28 Nov 2021 12:58 PM

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid  Maleque on Saturday said Bangladesh remains alert to prevent the highly contagious  new African variant Omicron. 

"We have directed all relevant organizations to take emergency measures to  prevent highly contagious new African variant Omicron," he told in an audio  statement while leaving for Geneva, Switzerland for attending the World  Health Assembly Second Special Session, an official release said. 

Maleque said the government has been informed that the new recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of Covid-19 (Omicron) has spread in several  countries of African and Europe. 

All gateways including air, land and waterways have been instructed to conduct screening of all passengers of Omicron infected countries to stop possible transmission of the new variant, he added.

On November 25 (Thursday) scientists in South Africa said they had detected a new Covid-19 variant (Omicron) with multiple mutations. 

The World Health Organization on Friday (November 26) declared the recently-discovered B.1.1.529 strain of Covid-19, first detected in southern Africa, to be a variant of concern and renamed it Omicron.

The classification puts Omicron into the most-troubling category of Covid-19 variants, along with the globally-dominant Delta, plus its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta and Gamma.


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