About 40 crore of the Indian population still at risk: Government


Posted on 21 July 2021


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The government reported today that about two-thirds of all Indians above the age of six, or 67.6% of the population, had antibodies against the coronavirus, according to the results of the fourth serosurvey. The ministry stated that about 40 crore individuals are still at risk of infection, warning against leniency in adopting Covid-appropriate behaviour and urging eligible people to be vaccinated. "The fourth serosurvey shows there is a ray of hope, but there is no room for complacency. We must maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour," Dr. Balram Bhargava, the ICMR's chief, stated. In June and July, 67.6% of Indians over the age of six have COVID-19 antibodies, according to a study of 36,227 people, including 7,252 healthcare professionals, performed across 70 districts in 21 states. Antibodies were found in almost half of the 8,691 youngsters aged six to seventeen who were examined. This was the first nationwide survey to test for antibodies in people under the age of 18 - a move made in response to widespread fears that future waves may harm youngsters. The 67.6% number is a significant increase over the third serosurvey's results. Only 21% of individuals over the age of 10 exhibited signs of previous exposure to COVID-19, according to a study conducted in December-January, just before the second wave began. Last year's serosurveys, performed in August-September (during the initial outbreak) and May-June, yielded 7.1 and 0.7 percent indications, respectively.


Key Points

  • The government reported today that about two-thirds of all Indians above the age of six, or 67.6% of the population, had antibodies against the coronavirus, according to the results of the fourth serosurvey.

  • In June and July, 67.6% of Indians over the age of six have COVID-19 antibodies, according to a study of 36,227 people, including 7,252 healthcare professionals, performed across 70 districts in 21 states.


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