Sero surveillance begins in Delhi, findings to help map Covid-19 trends
Findings from the sero survey serve as important data to guide Covid-19 containment strategies.Updated: Aug 01, 2020 13:51 IST
Another phase of serological survey for Covid-19 began in Delhi on Saturday. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain described the process a technical one but significant in the fight against the disease. The minister also said that the coronavirus situation in the national capital is improving.
“On the directions of Hon’ble CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal, the Delhi govt has begun monthly sero-survey in the city from today. The survey conducted in June showed 24% Delhi residents have developed antibodies. This will aid the govt to tailor it’s strategy to changing circumstances,” read a tweet posted by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.
On the directions of Hon'ble CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal, the Delhi govt has begun monthly sero-survey in the city from today. The survey conducted in June showed 24% Delhi residents have developed antibodies. This will aid the govt to tailor it's strategy to changing circumstances. pic.twitter.com/BLMc2NU4QX— CMO Delhi (@CMODelhi) August 1, 2020
Last month, Jain had announced that the administration will conduct sero survey across the national capital every month. The health minister said that the exercise will be carried out from the 1st till the 5th of every month. The findings from the last sero surveillance in Delhi suggested that the national capital has crossed its Covid-19 peak.
Serological Survey for #COVID19 will start from today in Delhi. In the last survey, 24% people came positive. This is a very technical process but will be conducted across the capital: Satyendra Jain, #Delhi Health Minister https://t.co/1OqMex1BnR— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2020
The survey reported that, on an average, 23.48 percent of the residents across the national capital have developed Covid-19 antibodies. The study, which was conducted by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) also indicated that a large number of patients remain asymptomatic. The survey was conducted between June 27 and July 10.
Findings from the sero survey serve as important data to guide containment strategies - an exercise, that experts believe, is essential to be carried out periodically to know the exact burden of the disease and device appropriate strategies.
The national capital has reported over 80 percent Covid-19 rate with over 1.2 lakh people beating the disease or being discharged from the hospital. The Covid-19 death toll in Delhi stands at 3,963 while the number of active cases is nearly 11,000.
In a sharpest single-day rise, India reported 57,118 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. With this, the country’s coronavirus caseload nears 1.7 million. The country’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 36,511 - fifth highest in the world while nearly 11 lakh people have recovered from the infection across the country.