45pc Dhaka residents infected with coronavirus: Study

Around 45 percent residents of the capital city of Dhaka were found to be carrying Covid-19 antibody, according to a study.

The findings of the study were disseminated at a Gulshan hotel on Monday afternoon. A summary of the study was revealed earlier on August 10 last.

The presence of such antibody among slum dwellers was about 74 percent, according to the study based on data collected between April 18 and July 5 last.

The study, jointly conducted by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) surveyed a total of 3,227 households in the capital.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the USAID supported the survey.

Dr Ferdausi Qadri, senior scientist at the icddr,b, said it was seen in the antibody test that 45 percent city dwellers were infected with coronavirus and 24 percent of them are aged above 60.

During the survey, samples of 12,699 individuals from 25 wards in Dhaka city were tested and 9.8 percent or nearly one in 10 people was found positive for Covid-19.

Of the infected people, 15 percent are between 15 and 19, it says.

A staggering 82 percent of the Covid-19 cases were asymptomatic while 6 percent had symptoms and 12 percent were pre-symptomatic, said Assistant Prof Dr Mahbubur Rahman of the IEDCR.

Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora urged all to follow the recommended health guidelines to avoid the second wave of the coronavirus.

She also called upon those who have already caught the virus to remain alert.

IEDCR Director Prof Tahmina Shirin said the vaccine will work the same way as it does in other countries of the world.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque joined the programme as the chief guest held with Sabrina Flora in the chair.