Published:  06:30 PM, 08 May 2021 Last Update: 06:31 PM, 08 May 2021

Bangladesh detects first case of Indian Coronavirus strain

Bangladesh detects first case of Indian Coronavirus strain

A confirmed case of Indian Covid strain has been detected in Bangladesh, say the  Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research on Saturday.

The Indian strain of Coronavirus was detected in a sample test at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka and it has been published on Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, said chief scientific officer of IEDCR ASM Alamgir.

Earlier on May 3, Director General of Health Services said the government will be confirmed within a few days whether the highly contagious Indian variant of coronavirus has already reached Bangladesh as an investigation is going on in this regard.

Speaking at a virtual press briefing, DGHS spokesperson  Nazmul Islam, said, ‘We may be able to say it in a few days whether the Indian strain of Covid-19 has come to Bangladesh or not.’

He said the samples of those who tested positive for coronavirus after entering Bangladesh from India are being collected. ‘These samples are being sent for genome sequencing…we’ll share it with you immediately after receiving the report.’

India’s crematoriums and burial grounds are being overwhelmed by the devastating new surge of infections tearing through the populous country with terrifying speed, depleting the supply of life-saving oxygen to critical levels and leaving patients to die while waiting in line to see doctors, reports AP from New Delhi.

India recorded over 4 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, taking the country’s total caseload to over 2.18 crore. Out of these, over 37 lakh cases are currently active while over 1.79 crore people have recovered.

With 4,187 new deaths, the toll now stands at over 2.38 lakh. At least 14 states are reporting cases in five figures. Maharashtra reported about 54,000 cases, Karnataka had nearly 49,000, while Kerala had over 38,000.

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