'Ray of hope but no room for complacency': Govt as 4th national Sero-survey shows 40 cr still vulnerable to COVID-19
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday presented the conclusions of the fourth national serosurvey and said that the implications of the survey showed a ray of hope but no room for complacency. According to the data of the serosurvey, 2/3rd of India's total population have developed antibodies against COVID-19, however, the data also showed that around 40 crore people don't have antibodies and are vulnerable to COVID-19.
The nationwide survey found two-thirds of the country's population aged above six to have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted the latest survey in June-July.
Addressing a press conference, a senior official said two-thirds or 67.6 per cent of India's population aged above 6 years were found to have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the latest national sero survey. A third of the population did not have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which means about 40 crore people are still vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, the official said.
"Overall seroprevalence is 67.6 per cent in the entire population. In people of 6-9 years age group, it was 57.2 per cent; in 10-17 years, it was 61.6 per cent; in 18-44 years, it was 66.7 per cent; in 45-60 years, it was 77.6 per cent," said Dr Balram Bhargava.
"There was no difference in seroprevalence in males and females and rural and urban areas. In unvaccinated, the seroprevalence was 62.3 per cent and with one dose of vaccine, it was 81 per cent. In those who received both doses, it was 89.8 per cent."
According to the government, 85 per cent of the surveyed healthcare workers had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and one-tenth of HCWs were still unvaccinated. The survey covered 28,975 general population and 7,252 healthcare workers.
The fourth round of the survey was conducted in the 70 districts across 21 states where the previous three rounds had been carried out.
Stressing observance of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, the government said social, religious and political congregations should be avoided and non-essential travels should be discouraged. "Travel only if fully vaccinated," it said.
The ICMR also suggested that it would be wise to consider reopening primary schools first as children can handle viral infection much better. "Children can handle viral infection much better as they have a lower number of ace receptors. So once the decision is taken and all the staff vaccinated, it would be wise to open primary schools first," it said.
India recorded 30,093 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 125 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,11,74,322, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The death toll climbed to 4,14,482 with 374 daily fatalities, the lowest in 111 days, while the active cases have declined to 4,06,130, the lowest in 117 days.
(With PTI Inputs)
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