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Technology behind Pakistan’s hotspot-based lockdown technique for COVID-19

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has started to impose sensible lockdown in coronavirus hotspots in a bid to keep away from financial losses as infections proceed to surge within the nation.

Dr Umar Saif, CEO Surveyauto.com and Chief Digital Officer Jang/Geo Media Group was requested by the federal government to make use of his start-up’s technological prowess to create a system whereby the technique could be executed. 

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Surveyauto.com got here up with a system that may pinpoint hotspots of the coronavirus illness, enabling the federal government to solely seal selective areas slightly than locking down the entire nation, which might in any other case severely hamper financial exercise.

How the system works is straightforward: Data obtained from the federal government’s discipline employees, who use smartphones to file them, is used to generate subtle mathematical and epidemiological evaluation.

Spatial evaluation of the outbreak is finished by utilizing Artificial Intelligence on satellite tv for pc imagery, which generates inhabitants maps, home counts, case incidence charges and forecasts utilizing SEIR prediction fashions.

These fashions, in flip, use this evaluation to concern real-time alerts based mostly on clusters of sufferers which present indicators of creating right into a wider outbreak; generates affected person forecasts for every hotspot; maps anticipated sufferers to capability in hospitals, and mandates the sphere groups to report containment actions from the sphere.

The Prime Minister’s focal particular person for COVID-19, Dr. Faisal Sultan, appreciated Dr Umar Saif’s contribution in the direction of the essential technique, saying:

“Grateful to Umar Saif and his startup SurveyAuto for providing the platform for hotspot-based selective lockdowns in Pakistan. It is based on sophisticated mathematical & epidemiological models to pinpoint hotspots, and enables the govt to monitor containment activities in real-time.” 

Dr Umar Saif has reportedly not charged a single penny for the project. “It’s [the system] for a nationwide trigger, and, right now, that’s all that issues for me,” he stated in a short remark.

Head of Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus, responding to Sultan’s tweet, stated it was vital to acknowledge everybody’s contribution to the nationwide COVID-19 response no matter affiliations.

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