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DGHS: Indian Covid-19 variants must be stopped

  • Published at 04:06 pm April 25th, 2021
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File photo: Patients suffering from Covid-19 get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi on April 15, 2021 Reuters

The government has decided to close its border with India for the next 14 days to control the spread of the deadly virus

The highly infectious Indian variants of coronavirus must be prevented from entering Bangladesh to tackle an inevitable disaster, according to the DGHS.

“We have to be very sensitive and follow the hygiene rules. If it is not followed, then the situation [in Bangladesh] can become like that of our neighbouring India,” Prof Robed Amin, spokesperson of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said in a virtual health bulletin on Sunday.

Also line director at Non Communicable Disease Control (NCDC), Prof Robed said: “India is currently experiencing an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases. Thousands of people are dying there.

“The two variants consisting of double or triple mutation are wonders of the whole world. We want to tell everyone that this double or triple mutation should not reach our country.”

Bangladesh on Sunday decided to close its border with India for visitors for the 14 days from today to control the spread of the deadly virus. However, trade through the borders will continue.

The official said that the variant found in West Bengal was deadly. “It has the ability to transmit around 300 times more than the other common variants.”

Dr Roben said that the DGHS did not have the capacity to ensure institutional quarantine everywhere.

“A person must be quarantined for 14 days. It is not possible in less than 14 days. The DGHS is not the only office to look after this. We need cooperation from other departments and ministries in this regard,” he said.

Saying that prolonged lockdown was not a perfect solution as it could damage the country's economy, he asked everyone to wear masks and follow hygiene rules.

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