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July 25, 2021

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'Two-thirds of Indians have COVID-19 antibodies but 40 crore people still vulnerable'

‘Two-thirds of Indians have COVID-19 antibodies however 40 crore folks nonetheless weak’ | Information

New Delhi: As the specter of the third wave of COVID-19 looms giant, the Centre on Tuesday (July 20, 2021) knowledgeable that two-thirds of the Indians have developed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies however 40 crore individuals are nonetheless weak.
Citing ICMR’s fourth nationwide COVID-19 serosurvey that was performed in June and July, the Centre mentioned that the general seroprevalence was 67.6 per cent. It concerned over 28,975 people (adults and kids), aside from 7,252 healthcare staff, in 70 districts throughout 21 states the place earlier three rounds have been additionally performed.
Throughout a media briefing on the COVID-19 scenario, ICMR Director-Normal Balram Bhargava mentioned, “Two-thirds of the final inhabitants above the age of six, or 67.6 per cent have been discovered to have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies within the newest nationwide serosurvey.”
He added, “A 3rd of the inhabitants didn’t have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which implies roughly 40 crore individuals are nonetheless weak to COVID-19 an infection.”
4th Spherical of Nationwide Sero-Survey
Two third of the final inhabitants had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. A 3rd of inhabitants didn’t have antibodies (Nonetheless ~ 40 crores weak)
States/districts/areas with out antibodies run the danger of an infection waves
DG, @ICMRDELHI pic.twitter.com/ewmxuftRBH
— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 20, 2021
The ICMR chief knowledgeable that these with out antibodies run the danger of an infection waves. 
He acknowledged that in ICMR’s fourth nationwide COVID-19 serosurvey, which included 2,892 within the 6-9 years age group, 5,799 in 10-17 and 20,284 these aged 18 years and above, the seroprevalence within the age group of 6-9 years was 57.2 per cent, in 10-17 years age group, it was 61.6 per cent, in 18-44 years, it was 66.7 per cent, whereas in 45-60 years age group, it was 77.6 per cent and in over 60 years, it was round 76.7 per cent. 
The seroprevalence in rural areas was discovered to be 66.7 per cent and barely greater in city at 69.6 per cent.
Seroprevalence, notably, is the proportion of people in a inhabitants who’ve antibodies to an infectious agent. 
Within the third serosurvey performed in December-January, the seroprevalence was 24.1 per cent.
The ICMR Director-Normal mentioned that the findings present there’s a ray of hope, however there isn’t a room for complacency and COVID-appropriate behaviour and neighborhood engagement need to be maintained.
The sero-survey was performed over 28,975 people (adults and kids), aside from 7,252 healthcare staff in 70 districts the place earlier three rounds have been additionally performed
DG, @ICMRDELHI #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/0iq6Z2YmcG
— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 20, 2021
Bhargava additionally mentioned that 85 per cent of the surveyed healthcare staff had antibodies in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 and one-tenth of HCWs have been nonetheless unvaccinated.
Amongst the grownup inhabitants, there was no coronavirus vaccine in 12,607, that’s 62.2 per cent, whereas 24.8 per cent or 5,038 folks surveyed within the grownup inhabitants had taken one dose of vaccination, whereas 13 per cent or 2,631 people had obtained each doses.
As per vaccination standing, the seroprevalence was seen in 62.3 per cent amongst unvaccinated folks, 81 per cent amongst those that took a single dose of the vaccine whereas it was 89.8 per cent amongst absolutely vaccinated folks.
The ICMR chief mentioned that the state heterogeneity signifies the potential of future waves of an infection. 
“There could be some states the place the inhabitants which is weak is way greater there, so probabilities of future waves are greater in these states,” he added.
Bhargava warned that societal, public, spiritual and political congregations must be averted and non-essential travels must be discouraged and journey provided that absolutely vaccinated.
Throughout the media briefing, NITI Aayog Member (Well being ) Dr VK Paul mentioned 40 crore folks haven’t any antibodies and the pandemic is by no means over.
“The second wave continues to be persisting and the hazard of latest outbreaks continues to be very a lot there,” he mentioned.
On the scenario within the nation, Paul mentioned that Kerala continues to be ‘static to slight rise’ and Maharashtra is seeing some decline.
“Andhra Pradesh continues to be a reason behind concern and 46 districts have greater than 10 per cent positivity,” he knowledgeable.
(With PTI inputs)

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