DGHS issues alert over new Omicron variant BF.7

Wear masks, maintain health protocol

Published : 26 Dec 2022 07:56 PM

The Covid-19 cases may rise in Bangladesh again as the new sub-variant BF.7 of the Omicron was detected in China and neighbouring India. The new sub variant of Omicron is four times higher transmissible and the incubation period is shorter enabling it to infect many people at a time.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday issued an alert at airports, land ports and seaports against new Omicron variant BF.7. In a notification, the DGHS directed authorities of airports, land ports and sea ports to take all necessary measures including screening suspected people and following health rules to tackle the outbreak of the new variant of Covid -19 that infected many people in different countries.

The DGHS urged people to wear masks in crowded places, wash hands frequently and take booster jabs as the national advisory committee alerted for a new Covid-19 variant.

The new sub-variant BF.7 of the Omicron already infected a large number of people in China while many people were detected with the new variant in India. The new variant is capable of infecting many people within a shorter period. Therefore, we all will have to be careful to stop possible spike of Covid-19 cases in the country.

We all will have to 

follow the health 

protocols even after 

taking the vaccine

However, Bangladesh continued reporting zero Covid-19 death in the past few months while Coronavirus positive cases have also declined sharply. When life has returned to normal and Covid-19 cases are on a decline in Bangladesh, the number of fresh cases of Coronavirus in neighbouring India and other countries has been going up steadily, indicating the fifth coronavirus wave there.

Therefore, the concerned ministry should launch publicity campaign to create awareness on Covid-19 among people alongside strengthening the medical test and screening of passengers, arriving from infected countries at all ports. The health ministry will also have to make the hospitals alert to control and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Bangladesh has already fulfilled its target to vaccinate the country’s 80 per cent population by this year and it has rolled out the fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine from December 20. 

Bangladesh has become role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled four waves of the deadly virus. 

When almost the entire world was struggling to combat the lethal virus Bangladesh took multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect lives of the people from the disease.

Every individual has the responsibility to ensure his or her own protection alongside their family members and the neighbours. We all will have to follow the health protocols even after taking the vaccine for Covid-19.