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New virus variant found in Bangladesh!

24 Dec 2020 17:16, Somoy English Desk
New virus variant found in Bangladesh!
New virus variant found in Bangladesh!

The genome of a coronavirus having similarity with that was found in Britain has been detected in Bangladesh.

The genomic lab of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) found the genome while sequencing samples of coronavirus.

BCSIR sequenced the genomes of five samples of coronavirus at the beginning of November when characteristics of the virus detected in Britain were found in the mutation.

It has started work on the matter and is trying to locate the virus bearer.

BCSIR contacted National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre from where the virus samples were collected, said Dr Md Salim Khan, principal scientific officer of its Biological Research Division.

He said the position of the virus mutation in both Britain and Bangladesh is the same which is a matter of concern.

Dr Salim said they are extensively working and things will be clear within several days.

A new strain of coronavirus has been identified in the UK, several other European countries, Australia and South Africa. 

It causes the same medical conditions as the original but is 70 percent more-infectious and "out of control".

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