SARS-CoV-2 has infected less than 1% of sample population: I
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The country’s first serosurvey to monitor the trend of coronavirus transmission found that lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing the rapid spread of the disease, but a large proportion of the population remains susceptible, the government said on 11 June.

The first part of the study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research revealed that 0.73 percent of the population surveyed showed evidence of past exposure to SARS-CoV-2, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said at a press conference.

“A large proportion of the population is still susceptible and the risk is higher in urban areas (1.09 times) and urban slums (1.89 times) than rural areas,” he said.

About 26,400 individuals from 83 districts, which were further divided into 770 clusters, were tested for IgG antibodies using the Covid Kavach Elisa test, indigenously designed by the ICMR.

The serosurvey has two parts, that is, estimating the fraction of the population infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the general population, and estimating the number of a population infected with coronavirus in containment zones of hotspot cities, Bhargava said.

“The serosurvey has found that 0.73 percent of the population in the districts surveyed had evidence of past exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” the ICMR director-general said.

“Lockdown and containment (measures) have been successful in keeping it low and preventing rapid spread,” he said. The survey found that the infection fatality rate is very low at 0.08 percent, he said.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/union-health-ministry-and-indian-council-medical-research-press-conference-in-new-delhi-on-june-11-2020/article31804894.ece
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