The Directorate General of Health Services has issued warnings to all ports of entry into Bangladesh against the new omicron COVID-19 variant that is causing global concern.
The DGHS is taking all possible preparations to prevent the spread of this variant, said spokesman Prof Md Nazmul Islam, reports bdnews24.com.
The strain, first discovered in South Africa, has been identified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization. This means the highly muted variant could be more contagious and virulent and could reduce preventative measures such as vaccines being less effective.
However, scientists have yet to establish whether this is the case.
“Many countries have taken preventative measures,” said Prof Nazmul Islam. “We have sent warning notices to ports of entry and instructed them to take the appropriate steps.”
“Our National Technical Advisory Committee is examining the information received and will meet on the issue.”
“We will take the necessary steps to protect the people of the country at the meeting.”
The US, the European Union and nations across the globe have introduced travel restrictions in response to the emergence of the new variant. Bangladesh has imposed a travel ban on South Africa as well.