Bangladesh reports first Omicron cases
A vial and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed stock graph and words "Omicron SARS-CoV-2" in this illustration taken, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Two women cricketers who returned from Zimbabwe have been infected with the new variant

Two players of the Bangladesh women’s cricket team, who had tested positive for Covid-19 upon their return from Zimbabwe, have been confirmed to be infected with Omicron.

“It has been confirmed that they have been infected with Omicron. Everyone else who came into their contact have been tested, which came back negative,” chief of the health directorate Prof ABM Khurshid Alam told Dhaka Tribune on Saturday.

Speaking to the media after an event in Dhaka, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said, “Both the cricketers are now in institutional quarantine.”

“They are suffering from fever. However, their condition is stable now,” the minister added.

When asked about the situation of the other squad members, Maleque said: “Everyone who came into their contact has been tested. All of the results have come back negative.”

South Africa alerted the world to Omicron late last month, prompting alarm that the highly mutated variant could trigger a new surge in global infections.

On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Omicron as a variant of concern, the fifth SARS-CoV-2 strain to carry such a designation.

According to WHO , Omicron variant has so far been reported in 57 nations and the number of patients needing hospitalization is likely to rise as it spreads.

The detection of the new variant led countries across the world to impose travel curbs. Bangladesh recently made two-week institutional quarantine mandatory for those returning from seven African countries.

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