A Serological survey was conducted on 20,000 people across the capital in 11 districts from 27 June to 10 July. In result it was found around 23% of Delhi’s population may be infected already till the first week of july.
National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) along with the Delhi govt conducted this survey, the result was relased on Tuesday.
Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh said 77% of delhiities are still vulnerable and containment measures with strict social distancing is needed. Use of face mask, sanitizers and cough etiquette must be followed strictly.
“Nearly six months into the epidemic, only 22.86 you look after the people are affected. this will be attributed to the efforts haunted for preventing spread of infection through lockdown and other containment measures,” Singh said.
“This gives us confidence within the strategy we’ve adopted. The disease was accelerating in Delhi but without taking any new restrictions… by bringing an equivalent measures with more rigour, we could control our numbers,” Niti Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul, who heads the empowered group on Covid-19 response and therefore the Covid-19 taskforce, said.
An earlier sero survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in containment zones showed prevalence of 34% in Ahmedabad and 9-11% in Delhi, Singh said. as long as the survey of the broader population happened when cases were high, the prevalence rate gave hope that interventions were working, he added.