A British study has found that the vaccinated people can easily transmit Delta coronavirus variant to their households, although contacts were less likely to get infected if they were vaccinated themselves.

The study performed by the Imperial College London illustrates how the highly transmissible Delta variant can spread even in a vaccinated population. The researchers found that the infections in the vaccinated people cleared more quickly, but the peak viral load remained similar to the unvaccinated.

“By carrying out repeated and frequent sampling from contacts of COVID-19 cases, we found that vaccinated people can contract and pass on infection within households, including to vaccinated household members,” Dr Anika Singanayagam, co-lead author of the study, said.

“Our findings provide important insights into… why the Delta variant is continuing to cause high COVID-19 case numbers around the world, even in countries with high vaccination rates.”

The study was performed on a total of 621 participants. The results revealed that of 205 household contacts of people with Delta covid-19 infection, 38 per cent of household contacts who were unvaccinated went on to test positive, compared to 25 per cent of vaccinated contacts.

 

Pakistan sees minor rise in daily covid-19 deaths

Pakistan has reported a total of 659 new cases in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 1.46 per cent. Around 45,093 tests were performed and the active case count has now dropped to 23,151.

Among the active cases, 1,395 patients are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, 17 more people lost their lives to the virus during the said time period, taking the nationwide death toll to 28,431, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

In addition to this, 931 patients across the country have recovered from COVID-19 in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 1,220,105.

The total caseload in Pakistan since the inception of virus has now reached 1,271,687.

The breakdown of cases and deaths reported in the last 24 hours is given below.

  • Punjab: 192 new cases, 5 deaths
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 84 new cases, 5 deaths
  • Balochistan: 8 new cases
  • Islamabad: 22 new cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 2 new cases
  • AJK: 6 new cases

Parental consent not required to vaccinate schoolchildren over 12 years

The Sindh government has said that the consent of parents is not required to vaccinate children over the age of 12 years. In this regard, the home department has also issued directives to the Sindh education department through a letter under the following subject: ‘Vaccination of all school-going children above the age of 12 years’, The News reported.

“I am directed to refer to the subject noted above, and to communicate the directives of the worthy Sindh chief secretary that the vaccination of all school-going children above the age of 12 years is mandatory and no child is to be left unvaccinated, regardless of any consent or otherwise,” the letter read.

“It is accordingly requested to inform all the field officers for necessary compliance with the above directives of the worthy Sindh chief secretary,” it concluded.

754,688 people vaccinated in Pakistan in last 24 hours

Global case load

Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus infection has crossed 4.977 million, while almost 245.3 million cases of infection were detected, according to the US based Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from Federal and local authorities, media and other sources.

As of 20:10 GMT Thursday, the number of cases globally is 245,377,854, including 4,977,538 fatalities. As many as 6.94 billion of vaccine doses have been administered to date.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.


From : pk.mashable.com

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