New coronavirus variant found in Bangladesh

Topic: Novel Coronavirus

A new variant of coronavirus has been found in Bangladesh which is similar to the new coronavirus variant found in UK,  according to the Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR). 

According to the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), in early November, BCSIR sequenced the genomes of five samples of coronavirus, which has similarities with the new variant found in the UK.

Dr Salim Khan, , the In-charge of the Genomic Research Laboratory at BCSIR, told  "A new type of coronavirus mutation was found in the country in early November. This new mutation comes to our notice while sequencing the genomes of five samples."

The new variant, VUI–202012/01, which accounted for nearly 60% of all cases in London by mid-December, is thought to be 70% more transmissible than earlier versions of the coronavirus. Scientists are still researching the effects, virulence and severity of the new strain, reports Hindustan Times.

Panic spread across the world after the recent new type of coronavirus found across the UK.

In this situation, the European Union decided to cut off communication with Britain from last Sunday (December 20).

Recently, a growing number of countries including India have banned flights from the UK to protect their citizens from the new variant of fast-spreading coronavirus. More than 30 countries have halted flights with the UK.

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