COVID-19: Sero Survey Reveals 58 Lakh People In Delhi Have Developed Antibodies

The detection of COVID-19 antibodies help in planning and evaluating vaccine trials, arriving at estimates of the infection.

Jessica David

August 20, 2020

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Nearly a third of Delhi’s population has been exposed to COVID-19 and has developed antibodies, the city government said on Thursday (August 20), giving details of the second serological survey or serosurvey in the national capital. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, “29.1 per cent prevalence of the virus has been found in the second serosurvey.” That means 58 lakh people in Delhi now have developed antibodies. The highest prevalence was found in the southeast district, i.e., 33.2 per cent, a massive spike from the previous survey (22.12 per cent).

The least number of cases has been seen in the New Delhi area, amounting to 24.6 per cent. Jain said, “Scientists say that herd immunity is when up to 40 per cent of the population has virus antibodies.” The minister, who was also hospitalized for COVID-19, said, “The antibodies will stay for six to eight months as per scientists.” In the first serological survey last month, 23.48 per cent of Delhi’s population was found to have been exposed to the Coronavirus.

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