- The study conducted in 70 districts in June-July added that nearly 40 crore people are still vulnerable to COVID-19
- The Centre emphasized the need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour
- The seroprevalence in the 6-9 years category was 57.2%
- The seroprevalence in the 10-17-year-olds was 61.6%
Today, the Union Health Ministry announced that as per the fourth national serosurvey, it has been revealed that nearly two-thirds of the population in the country aged above six has developed antibodies against coronavirus. The study conducted in 70 districts in June-July added that nearly 40 crore people are still vulnerable to COVID-19.
The findings of the ICMR’s 4th national Covid serosurvey disclosed that nearly two-thirds of the population in the country aged above six has developed antibodies against coronavirus. Despite giving a ray of hope, the Centre emphasized the need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
The survey covered 28,975 general population and 7,252 healthcare workers. Around 85 per cent of the surveyed healthcare workers had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and one-tenth of HCWs were still unvaccinated.
Addressing the media, the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Balram Bhargava cited that the serosurvey included children between six and 17 years of age. “It has been found that two-third of the general population, i.e., above the age of six years had SARS-CoV-2 infection,” he said.
Further, he mentioned that the overall seroprevalence was 67.6 per cent in the entire population, in the six-nine year age group, it was 57.2 per cent and among 10-17-year-olds, it was 61.6 per cent. In the age group of 18-44 years, it was 66.7 per cent and in 45-60 years, it was 77.6 per cent.
The children were divided into two age groups – 6-9 years and 10-17 years. The seroprevalence in the 6-9 years category was 57.2 per cent. Citing the results, the ICMR suggested it would be wise to consider reopening primary schools first as children can handle viral infection much better.
The Health Ministry reiterated the need to follow COVID-19 Covid-19-appropriate behaviour. It added that social, religious, and political congregations should be avoided and non-essential travels should be discouraged.