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Jul 10, 2020
8:23AM

ICMR plans nationwide sero-surveillance to evaluate trend of coronavirus

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is planning to conduct a nationwide sero-surveillance in near future to evaluate the trend of COVID-19 infection among the population. It will be a follow-up to a similar study conducted earlier. Briefing the media in New Delhi yesterday, the Health Ministry official said the final results of the sero-survey conducted by the ICMR in May, which focused on infections of mid-April is still under process.

The ICMR had earlier said on the basis of the data compiled from 65 districts out of 83 districts across the country in the first part of the sero-surveillance study, 0.73 per cent of the population surveyed showed evidence of past exposure to SARS-CoV-2. He also said the findings of a sero prevalence study conducted in Delhi by National Centre for Disease Control and 22 thousand samples collected from 27th June to 5th of July, is being processed.

The Health Ministry said that India is effectively dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and the country has the lowest caseloads and deaths in terms of its population in comparison to other nations. It said, there is no community transmission in the country. 

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