Three Omicron cases diagnosed at the Genome Center of JUST
The new type of coronavirus Omicron has been diagnosed in the bodies of three people at the Genome Center of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST). Two of them are Indians and one is a Bangladeshi national.
On Wednesday (January 12), a team of university researchers at the Genome Center in JUST identified a new strain of corona through genome sequencing.
According to the Genome Center, one of the two Indian nationals is a man aged 30 and a woman 41 years. There are no symptoms of corona in them.
A Bangladeshi man, he is 25 years old. The research team speculates that he may have been infected locally. For three days he had no symptoms other than a cold and sore throat. However, this new type of corona spread very quickly. It is about four times more powerful than the Corona Delta type. According to the research team, there are already more than 30 mutations in this new spike protein of coronavirus. The data of the three people identified as Omicron has also been submitted to the GISAID database.
JUST Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Anowar Hossain said that Omicron spreads very fast. For this, it is necessary to strictly adhere to the hygienic rules including vaccination and use of masks. He said work on identifying a new type of corona, Omicron, would continue at the Genome Center.
It is to be noted that the delta type of coronavirus has already been identified in the genome center of JUST.
Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Associate Director of the Genome Center Professor Dr. Md. Iqbal Kabir Zahed led the research team as Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering Dr. Hasan Md. Al-Imran, Shovan Lal Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, ASM Rubaiyat Alam, Lecturer Shaminur Rahman, Prashant Kumar Das, Research Assistant, Genome Center, Ali Ahsan Setu and Taukir Ahmed.