Half Of Dhaka’s Residents Have COVID-19 Antibodies, Says New Study

A national study in Bangladesh’s capital revealed that almost 45% of its residents have COVID19 antibodies, while 80% of those tested were asymptomatic

Raghav N

October 14, 2020

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A new study by Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) revealed that almost half of its capital city, Dhaka’s residents have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Of this, 45% people are said to carry the necessary antibodies.

The research by the national agency found that the virus was present in 9.8% of the tested samples, largely coming from the city’s congested slum dwellings. About 74% of these slum inhabitants have the antibodies. One of the most densely populated cities of the world, Dhaka has a population of 21 million. The tests were carried out on 12,699 people across the 25 wards of the city.

According to the study, 24% of the positive patients are above 60 years of age, while 18% of those infected fell in the bracket of 15-19-year-olds. Over 80% of the individuals tested were asymptomatic, while only one percent of those with symptoms had to be hospitalized. The researchers also found some information about COVID19 reinfection through their work.

Bangladesh has already recorded close to 3.81 lakh Coronavirus cases till now and reported more than 5,500 deaths from the infection.

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