Three more Omicron cases detected in Dhaka

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Bangladesh detected three more cases of Omicron variant of novel coronavirus on Wednesday. With this, a total of seven people in Bangladesh have been diagnosed with the new variant of the highly infectious disease.

The newly infected people are residents of Banani area in the capital. Two of them are females.

The Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) of Germany, an open global database of coronavirus genomes, revealed this information on Wednesday morning.

GISAID said one of the two female patients is 30 years old and the other is 47. Their samples were collected on 8 and 19 December. The age of the male infected with the Omicron variant is 84 years. His sample was collected on 8 December. None of them have shown any complications.

Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (IDC), a non-governmental organisation in Bangladesh, collected their samples. Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) analysed their samples and sent them to GISAID.

Earlier, on Tuesday, another female was diagnosed with the Omicron variant. She is 33 years old and a resident of Bashabo area in Dhaka. Her sample was collected on 20 December.

According to GISAID, another 56-year-old in Dhaka was diagnosed with the new variant of coronavirus a day before.

Earlier, two members of Bangladesh women’s national cricket team were first diagnosed with the Omicron variant of the virus in the country. Both of them have already recovered and returned home from hospital.

The women’s national cricket team returned home from Zimbabwe on 1 December. On 6 December, it was found that two of the cricketers were infected with the coronavirus. Later, on 11 December, it was revealed that both of them had contracted the Omicron variant.

Another member of the team was found to be infected with the coronavirus. However, she was diagnosed with the delta variant of the virus. All the three cricketers were admitted to Mugda General Hospital.