One in five Indians had COVID-19, according to the ICMR survey

One in five Indians above 10 years of age had COVID-19
One in five Indians above 10 years of age had COVID-19

According to the latest national serosurvey, more than 21 percent of Indians adult population was exposed to Covid-19. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) noted that 21.4 percent of the 28,589 people surveyed above 18 years of age showed exposure to the virus.

New Delhi: The third national serum survey showed that Covid-19 was exposed to 21.5{7d6bb1f761e691f027164c9fe6d1ebbc4659a250013ce39dc45a15ede39dbac5} of the Indian population over 18 years of age. The prevalence of novel coronavirus was higher in urban slums (31.7 percent) and urban non-slums (26.2 percent) than in rural areas (19.1 percent). Between December 17 and January 8, the national survey was conducted, covering 28,589 individuals.

One in five Indians above 10 years of age had COVID-19
One in five Indians above 10 years of age had COVID-19

Dr. Balram Bhargava, chief of ICMR, said that 23.4 percent of people over the age of 60 and 25.3 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 had had the disease and a significant proportion of the population is still susceptible to the virus. He added that this indicates that vaccines are an absolute must to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

Along with healthcare staff, the nation has begun vaccinating frontline workers, and 49.93 lakh recipients have been immunized in India so far.

Introducing the study results, ICMR Director-General Dr. Bhargava said that 21.4{7d6bb1f761e691f027164c9fe6d1ebbc4659a250013ce39dc45a15ede39dbac5} of the 28,589 individuals, aged 18 and above, surveyed during the time showed signs of past coronavirus infection exposure. During the same period, blood samples of 7,171 healthcare indians workers were also collected, and seroprevalence was 25.7{7d6bb1f761e691f027164c9fe6d1ebbc4659a250013ce39dc45a15ede39dbac5}.

Officials from the Union Health Ministry said the cumulative positive COVID-19 rate in India is 5.42 percent and decreasing. At 1.82 percent, the weekly positive rate (last week) was reported. In the previous 24 hours, 899 new cases have been detected, and 107 deaths have been registered.

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