by our correspondent in Dhaka
Experts have detected 30 new strains of COVID-19, including six for the first time globally, in Bangladesh, a report said here on Wednesday.
The private Somoy TV news channel said a group of scientists at the Hazrat Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology detected the new coronavirus strains in parts of north-eastern tea-growing Sylhet division.
They carried out Genome Sequence and found a new mutant Genome: 27862; Del: ATCAT which has not been found anywhere else in the world so far, while 24 are new to Bangladesh.
Samples from two other districts under Sylhet division are being collected for investigation, they told reporters.
The experts said after gene analysing of 10 specimens, they found 47 changes in protein levels never before detected in Bangladesh.
The report raised worries among the people, but experts said the available vaccine set to reach Bangladesh in late January, will be effective on all kinds of COVID-19.
Bangladesh detected its case of COVID-19 in March 2020 and current total of infected stands at 518,000 with about 8,000 deaths.
A little spike took place when the Winter season set in, but has stabilised now to the relief of health concerns.