Telangana’s COVID-19 tally at 1.9 lakh; Delhi’s third sero

Elias Hubbard
October 1, 2020

Dr Bhargava added that though lockdown, containment and behavioral change at population level have managed to check the potential spread of SARS-CoV2, the survey findings show that about 90 per cent of the population is still vulnerable.

The risk in urban slums was twice than that in non-slum areas and four times than the risk in rural settings.

Slum residents had a seroprevalence - meaning they carried antibodies - of 15.6 per cent, nearly double the 8.2 per cent detected in residents of non-slum urban areas. The people tested in the second survey were drawn from the same villages and clusters as the first, in which the scientists said that 0.73% of adults or about 6.4 million across the country were likely infected.

India's COVID-19 caseload crossed the 63-lakh mark with 86,821 infections being reported in a day while 52,73,201 people have recuperated so far, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. However, that survey said only about a fourth (25.9 per cent) of surveyed clusters were from urban areas. The same figure was 81-130 in May.

The survey was conducted from mid-August to mid-September. The tests look for IgG antibodies, which indicates exposure to the novel coronavirus.

A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a girl during a screening for the COVID-19, in a slum area in Mumbai.

Puducherry's sero-prevalence was only 4.9 per cent in the first round of survey - August 11 - 16.

Each of these figures correspond to two different sero-surveys that were conducted independently of each other. That number has now dropped to 26-32 infections, which according to Dr. Bhargava, was the result of ramped up testing and early case detection.

Elderly people, individuals with co-morbidities, children and pregnant women remain susceptible to infection and still need to be protected, the government stressed.

"In light of the upcoming festivities, in light of the winter season and mass gathering, containment strategies must be implemented by the states and the use of masks can not be underlined more than after this seroprevalence survey", he warned.

The health secretary also said that the government does not agree to the Rs 80,000 crore figures put out by Serum Institute of India for the Covid-19 vaccines, saying: "We have calculated the amount required in the meetings and now, that amount is available with the government".

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 63,12,584 while the death toll climbed to 98,678 with the virus claiming 1,181 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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