Covid Survey Shows: Two-thirds of Indians have Covid antibodies

A Govt-survey shows that two-thirds of India's population have antibodies against the coronavirus. According to data released on Tuesday from a survey of 29,000 people across the nation conducted in June and July. Around 40 crore people are still vulnerable to Covid-19 infection as a nationwide survey found two-thirds (67.6%) of the country's population aged above six to have SARSCoV-2 antibodies, the government said.

Findings of the ICMR's 4th national Covid sero survey show there is a ray of hope, but there is no room for complacency and Covid-appropriate behavior has to be followed, the government said. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted the latest survey in June-July. According to the government, 85 percent of the surveyed healthcare workers had antibodies against SARS-CoV2. The survey covered 28,975 general population and 7,252 healthcare workers. The fourth round of the survey was conducted in 70 districts across 21 states.

The ICMR also suggested that it would be wise to consider reopening primary schools first as children can handle viral infection much better as they have lower number of ace receptors. 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.


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