1 in every 15 exposed to Covid-19 by Aug says ICMR Sero survey

According to the Indian Council Medical Research’s (ICMR) second national sero-survey report , one in 15 individuals aged more than 10years were estimated to be exposed to Covid-19 by August 2020.

“Of 29,082 people surveyed from August 17 to September 22, 6.6% showed eveidence of past exposure to SARS-COV2,” Dr Balram bhargava , DG, ICMR said stating the sero report

Dr Bhargava also said that urban slum and urban non-slum areas are ta higher risk for Covid-19 in infection comparative to rural areas.”Risk in urban slums twice than that in non-slum areas and 4 times the risk in rural settings,” the report sated

Dr Bhargava also added that according to the second sero survey report, urban slum and urban non-slum areas had higher SARS CoV 2 infection prevalence than that of rural areas. “Risk in urban slums twice than that in non-slum areas and 4 times the risk in rural setting,” the report stated

Dr Bhargava emphasised on 5T strategy (Test , track, Trace , Treat and Technology).

It’s important to have inventive containment strategies during mass gathering in festivities season beacause their are chances of increase in infection and rise in numbers Dr.Bhargava during press briefing said”In the light of the upcoming festivities winter season and mass gathering,inventive containment strategies need to be implemented by states”.

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