Two more omicron cases found -The Asian Age

Bangladesh has identified two more cases of omicron, taking the tally of new variant infections to four.

Before this, two women cricketers who returned from Zimbabwe were diagnosed with omicron infections amid the worldwide concern over this highly-infectious variant.

Germany's Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data announced the new cases: one of them was a woman and the other a man.

According to GISAID, one of the genome sequencings was carried out by ICDDR,B, while the other was uploaded by the Institute of Developing Science And Health Initiative on Monday, bdnews24 reports.

The two recently made a trip abroad. Both of them live in Dhaka," said ICDDR,B's Chief Scientific Officer Dr ASM Alamgir.

"We carry out genome sequencing of infected people who return from overseas. These fall into that category. We carried out sequencing on their samples after they tested positive for the virus.

So far, Bangladesh has reported over 1.5 million cases and 28,062 fatalities from Covid-19.