Scientists at the Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) say a new strain of coronavirus has been identified in Bangladesh. This virus bears a resemblance to a new type of coronavirus recently found in the UK.
Scientists at BCSIR tested 16 new genome sequences in November and identified five strains of the new coronavirus. The organization’s chief scientific officer said. Selim Khan has confirmed the news.
He said a new strain of coronavirus had recently been found in the UK and was reported to be spreading 70 per cent faster than the previous strain.
Dr. Selim Khan said the latest sequence of coronaviruses in the first week of November found protein mutations in two spikes of the virus.
He said that although the strain of the new virus identified in the UK has the same characteristics as the virus found in Bangladesh, there are many similarities.
According to the BCSIR scientist, such mutations have been reported in Russia and Peru before Bangladesh. Such mutations are found in one sample in each of those countries. But such mutations have been found in 5 out of 16 samples in Bangladesh.
Selim Khan said they took the samples from the National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Center in Agargaon for genome sequencing.
However, the sample information has already been sent to the center to identify from whom the samples were collected, said the chief scientific officer of BCSIR.