Genome Centre of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) Monday found the Indian variant of the coronavirus among eight local patients.
The patients- seven men and a woman, were all under 56.
None of them had been to India or contact with any India returnee.
A team of researchers led by Associate Director of the Genome Center Prof. Dr. Md. Iqbal Kabir Zahid came up with the results through genome sequencing.
The local administration, Ministry of Health and IEDCR were immediately informed.
The samples were collected from Abhaynagar Upazila Health Complex, Jashore General Hospital and Jhikargachha Upazila Health Complex to find out whether the Indian variant had spread over the district.
The research team advised the India returnees to stay in institutional quarantine until they are tested negative for coronavirus.
In addition, they suggested to strictly maintain health guidelines at the border.