July 14, 2024, 8:40 pm

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2022-09-07 08:24:12 BdST

New Omicron subvariant detected in country

A new subvariant of Omicron has been identified in the bodies of three Bangladeshis at the Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) Genome Center. It has been named BA 2.75.

A group of researchers from the Genome Center identified this new strain of coronavirus on Sunday through partial genome sequencing of the virus collected from three infected people in Jessore.

JUST Vice-Chancellor and of Genome Center Director Professor Dr Md Anwar Hossain said that this subvariant can easily evade the human immune system.

"Therefore, there is no alternative to strictly following hygiene rules, including using masks," he added.

The research team reported that this sub-variant of Omicron was first detected in India in July this year and was previously detected in different countries of the world last August. Even vaccinated people can be infected by this subvariant.

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