New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday dismissed the media reports that it conducted a serosurvey which claimed that about 30 per cent of the population in several containment areas have been infected by the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, the ICMR dismissed the media reports, saying that the research is “speculative and final results are being finalised”.

“The findings appeared in media related to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) serosurvey for COVID-19 are speculative and final results are being finalised,” it said in a statement, as reported by news agency ANI.

Various media reports have claimed that the ICMR conducted a serosurvey in containment zones and hotspots in the country and found that 30 per cent of the people living there may have get infected from the virus but have recovered from it.  

According to a report by The Indian Express and India Today, the ICMR, along with state governments and the National Centre for Disease Control, collected around 24,000 samples randomly from 70 districts across India.

The report claims that samples were collected from 10 high-burden hotspot cities -- Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Ahmadabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur and Chennai.

According to the report, the ICMR collected 500 samples each were collected from 10 randomly chosen containment areas from the “10 high-burden hotspots cities”. The report further says that 400 samples each from the other 60 districts across 21 states were also collected.

The report further claims that the infection rate in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Indore is “100 times more than other high-burden hotspots”.

The findings do not imply the “presence of herd immunity” but it shows that “immunity to the infection is developing gradually in India,” the report noted while adding that people living in containment zones will be the “first to develop herd immunity”.

The coronavirus has been growing at an alarming rate in the country. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 7,466 and the number of cases climbed to 2,66,598 in the country after it registered 266 fatalities and a record single-day spike of 9,987 cases till Tuesday 9 am.

India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, according to the Johns Hopkins University data.

The number of active novel coronavirus cases stands at 1,29,917, while 1,29,214 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

"Thus, 48.47 per cent of patients have recovered so far," the ministry said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma