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NEW DELHI: Over 21 per cent of the inhabitants, aged 10 years and above, confirmed proof of previous publicity to Covid-19 within the ICMR’s newest nationwide sero-survey, the federal government stated on Thursday, noting that a big proportion of individuals are nonetheless susceptible to the an infection.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) third nationwide sero-survey was performed between December 7 final yr and January eight.
Presenting the findings of the survey, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava stated 21.four per cent of the 28,589 folks, aged 18 years and above, surveyed throughout the interval confirmed proof of previous publicity to the coronavirus an infection. While 25.three per cent of kids aged 10 to 17 years from the identical variety of surveyed inhabitants have had the illness, he stated.
Urban slums (31.7 per cent) and concrete non-slums (26.2 per cent) had a better SARS-CoV-2 prevalence than that in rural areas (19.1 per cent), Bhargava stated, including that 23.four per cent of people above 60 years of age had suffered from Covid-19.
Blood samples of seven,171 healthcare staff have been additionally collected throughout the identical interval and the seroprevalence was discovered to be 25.7 per cent, the ICMR director common stated.
The survey was performed in the identical 700 villages or wards in 70 districts in 21 states chosen throughout the first and second rounds of the nationwide serosurvey.
On the coronavirus scenario within the nation, the well being ministry stated India’s Covid-19 cumulative positivity price is 5.42 per cent and declining. The weekly positivity price (final week) was recorded at 1.82 per cent, it stated.
It stated that 47 districts haven’t reported any new case of Covid-19 and 251 districts haven’t registered any new deaths within the final three weeks.
So far, 49,93,427 beneficiaries have been vaccinated within the nation out of which 11 states and Union Territories, together with Tamil Nadu, Assam, Ladakh, Chandigarh, Meghalaya and Manipur, have coated 30 per cent or much less healthcare staff by means of the Covid-19 vaccination, it stated.
The ministry additionally stated that 1,239 non-public amenities and 5,912 public amenities are getting used as Covid-19 immunisation websites within the nation as of now.

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