300,000 people (mostly asymptomatic) are infected in Islamabad

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    A survey has suggested that more than 300,000 have been infected due to COVID0-19 in the capital, after which the city moves towards ‘herd immunity.’

    The study (titled – Sero-Epidemiological Survey) conducted between June 1 to June 25 in the capital territory of Pakistan, suggesting that a considerable number of these exposed people are asymptomatic; in the past 24 hrs., 2,276 new cases detected and 48 died, leading the national tally to 259, 401 and 5,465 respectively. So far, the country’s recovery toll is 178,737.

    The NCOC decided to use digital algorithms to determine the city’s achievements in terms of following SOPs that are formulated to slow down the virus. 

    The study represented the equal threshold of the ruler and urban population, following ICT that divided the city into 44 administrative units: 12 are urban, and 32 are rural.

    Detailing about the survey, Dr. Ikram said that a structured, pre-tested questionnaire, relating to demography, clinical issues, and exposure and risk factors, was given to 4,328 participants, their blood samples were collected for immunoglobulins against Covid-19; the one with symptoms were also gone through throat or nasopharyngeal swabs testing.

    A preliminary analysis showed a threshold of 14.5 per 100 for Covid-19, he said, “As for the area-wise distribution of the disease, rural union councils were more affected. Out of all the union councils, Chattar was found to be the most affected, followed by the union councils of Muhrian and Tarlai Khurd”.

    He added, “Considering the ages, the most affected group comprised people of between 41 and 50 years, followed by the 31-40 years group and 51-60 years group. PCR positivity rate was found to be 17pc”.

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