Staff Correspondent: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed said that 98 percent of the coronavirus patients in the country are currently infected with the delta variant, popularly known as the Indian variant of the coronavirus.
He made the remarks while unveiling the report of a study of COVID-19 genome sequencing at an event held at the university’s Shaheed Dr Milton Hall yesterday morning.
The study was conducted on coronavirus patients who tested positive from June 29 to July 30 this year. The Vice-Chancellor himself has been the main sponsor of the Genome Sequencing Research Project.
Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed said that in the study, genome sequencing of coronavirus was done by collecting nasopharyngeal swab samples from a total of 300 Covid-19 patients. Some 53 percent of the Covid-19 patients were male.
However, the BSMMU study included patients ranging in age from 9 months to 90 years, he said. Most of them are between the age of 30 to 39.
The study has shown that patients had co-morbidity, such as cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, have a higher mortality rate from the coronavirus. At the same time, patients over the age of 60 have a higher risk of dying from a second infection.
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