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NTAC recommends travel ban to countries confirmed by Omicron


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Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who have already visited countries

The National Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee has recommended a travel ban in countries that have confirmed the presence of the new Omicron variant.

NTAC spokesperson and scientific director of the Institute of Epidemiology for Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Dr ASM Alamgir, said the committee submitted its four-point recommendations to the government after a meeting two o’clock Sunday afternoon.

According to a press release issued after the meeting, health experts also requested a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers who have previously visited countries confirmed by Omicron.

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In addition, they have called for strict testing procedures at the country’s ports to prevent entry of the virus and free Covid-19 tests to encourage testing among the population.

During the regular bulletin on the Covid situation on Sunday, the director of the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) (DSN) and spokesperson for Covid-19, Dr Nazmul Islam, confirmed having already asked the authorities concerned in ports to more strictly control travelers.

He said: “WHO has qualified [Omicron] as a variant of concern and so we are on alert at this time. We have asked the port authorities to tighten up control procedures.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque, who left Dhaka for Geneva on Saturday to attend a World Health Organization meeting, has returned halfway due to the importance of the situation at Omicron.

The minister is due to sit down with the NTCA on Monday to make a decision on security measures in the country.

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Government officials urged the public to be careful and follow sanitary rules despite the low infection rate in the country

Global media reported that the Omicron variant has been identified in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Italy and Australia. Several leading US health experts have said it would not be shocking if the virus has already arrived in the United States.

Covid situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded three deaths from Covid-19 within 24 hours until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

In addition, over the 24-hour period, the country also recorded 205 new cases while seeing 299 patients recovering, according to the DGHS.

The latest additions brought the country’s death toll to 27,978, the total number of cases to 1,575,748 and the total number of recoveries to 1,540,317.

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A total of 19,811 samples were tested in 836 laboratories across the country during the 24-hour period, resulting in a positivity rate of 1.03%.

According to the latest data, the country’s overall Covid-19 death rate until Sunday morning remained static at 1.78%, the overall recovery rate at 97.75% and overall positivity has dropped to 14.52% .

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 3.57 on Sunday.