They had returned from Zimbabwe after taking part in the ICC Women's World Cup qualifiers. The event was, however, called off midway due to the surge of Omicron.

The GISAID findings were based on the data submitted by the Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) in Dhaka.

Working in partnership with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research and icddr,b, the infectious diseases laboratory at ideSHi has begun processing Covid-19 test samples from patients across Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the positive cases of coronavirus have increased by 115 per cent in Bangladesh over the last one week compared to the previous week, says the DGHS.

"As many as 6,300 new Covid cases have been reported in one week which is 3,376 more than the previous week," said DGHS director Nazmul Islam in the regular DGHS briefing on Sunday.

During the period, he said, 23 Covid patients have died, which is 15 per cent higher than the previous week.

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