ISLAMABAD: Study on Covid-19 patients in Pakistan was conducted by a team of American scientists and paramedical personnel at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).
The team began gathering samples from Covid-19 patients in the first process and submitting them for laboratory tests. It also visited Taxila for this reason, where 300 samples were gathered, Pims spokesman Dr Wasim Khawaja told Dawn.
Dr. Khawaja said the team will visit other cities as well, with the next stop being Faisalabad in the coming week.
The researchers are conducting research on people infected by coronavirus in Pakistan, especially their symptoms and the effects on patients of the virus, the spokesperson said.
On the fluctuation of positive cases in the single day count, Dr Khawaja said 90pc patients had no signs and thus did not get screened.
Dr Khawaja said the bulk of asymptomatic patients survive without any medical treatment, but end up spreading the infection to their near contacts.
The virus is harmful for those with a poor immune system, for the elderly and for those with previous heart, kidney or lung problems, said the spokesperson.
Two US scientists among its members; team to study symptoms, its effects
It has also been noted that some people with flu and cough symptoms come to the hospital to get screened, but their findings are poor. Nevertheless, after their CT scans and chest X-rays are completed, they are found to have Covid-19.
In certain situations, Dr Khawaja said, variations are seen in the number of incidents.
Meanwhile, over the last 24 hours, Islamabad has reported two deaths and 123 new incidents.
The officials of the Capital Administration reported that 4,092 persons were checked, 262 of whom were contacts of verified cases. The positive rate was registered at 3pc in the capital. The deceased were all males and were in the 50-59 and 60-69 age ranges. They were G-10 and G-8 residents.
Based on the breakdown, 14 cases of Lohi Bher were registered, followed by nine cases of G-10, eight cases of G-6, seven cases of I-8, six cases of Bhara Kahu, G-9 and Sohan, five cases of G-7 and Chirah, four cases of G-8, I-10, F-8 and G-14 each, three cases of G-11, F-11, F-6 and Khanna each, two cases of Tarlai, E-11, I-9, H-13, D-12 and Model Town each, while one case of G-13, F-10, Koral, G-15, F-10 and Khanna each were reported.
On Friday, two people died and 52 tested positive for Covid-19, without discharging patients from the hospital.
On December 23, Jabbar Malik, 60, a Harley Street resident, was admitted to the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU), where he died on Friday.
Since December 23, Zakir Mohammad, 70, of Mohammadi Colony, Muslim City, has also been treated at the RIU, where he succumbed to the virus late on Thursday night.
The district had 859 active patients, 33 in Holy Family Hospital (HFH), 45 treated in RIU and 32 admitted to Benazir Bhutto Hospital, according to data released by the health authorities.
In the Rawalpindi district, 12,631 confirmed patients have been registered since March, out of which 11,194 have recovered and 520 have died.
Retired Commissioner Capt Mohammad Mehmood told Dharti News that since March, 15,040 individuals have been infected with the virus, of whom 12,631 are from Rawalpindi, 1,008 from Attock, 943 from Jhelum and 458 from Chakwal.
He said 13,225 patients in the four districts were discharged from hospitals after recovering and 622 lost their lives.
After 18 new Covid-19 patients emerged over the past 24 hours, the district reached the 1,000 mark on Friday.
The number has crossed 1,008 now.
It is the second largest single-day increase after April, when the first case was registered in the area, according to the health authorities. The number of Covid-19 patients in Attock city and other towns of the district, especially Hazro, has increased with the advent of winter and non-compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Chief Executive Dr Jawad Elahi of the District Health Authority said eight new cases were found each in Fatehjang and Hazro, two in Attock City and one in Jand.
He said it was also the biggest single-day increase in Fatehjang, adding that the district’s number of active patients was 173.
Dr. Elahi said suspicious district patients had risen to 21,018 while scanning was conducted across the district for 24,469 persons, of which 19,548 tested negative.
He said findings were expected from 462 individuals.
809 healthy patients have recovered in the district so far, the health official said. Further reporting by Amjad Iqbal