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45pc Dhaka dwellers infected with coronavirus: Study

 News Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:22 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 07:39 PM, 12 October 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

About three-quarters of the people in the slums of Dhaka city are infected with coronavirus. Antibody tests revealed that 45 percent of city dwellers who had no symptoms of COVDI-19 were infected with the virus. 24 percent of them are over 60 years old, a joint study of IEDCR and IECDDRB claimed.

The study was published at a hotel in the capital's Gulshan area on Monday afternoon. 

The study was jointly conducted by the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh  (ICDDRB) till July.

Researchers and scientists from IEDCR and ICDDRB presented the results of the study at the event chaired by Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director of Health Directorate. Health Minister Zahid Malik joined online at the time.

The study was funded by USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Out of 129 wards of Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporation, 25 wards were selected for the study on a random basis. An area is selected from each ward. 120 houses from each area were included in the survey. Besides, 8 slums were included in the survey. Samples of common food in Dhaka city are collected from mid-April to mid-July. Samples of slum dwellers are collected from mid-July to the end of August.

Researchers say that this information will be useful for infection control, treatment and vaccination.