Covid-19 Sero Survey: The government on Tuesday said that a nationwide sero survey has found that two-thirds of India’s population, or 67.6 per cent, who are above 6 years of age, have COVID antibodies. In the fourth national COVID-19 sero survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in June-July, it was found that two-thirds of the population has antibodies, which means that 400 million people are still vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. are sensitive.
ICMR DG Dr. Balram Bhargava said in the press conference that although the survey shows that there is a ray of hope, there should not be any negligence towards the need to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. The survey also revealed that 85 per cent of the health workers (HCWs) surveyed have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and 1/10 are yet to be vaccinated.
The survey was done in 28,975 people of the general population and 7,252 health workers. It included 70 districts of 21 states. The ICMR has also suggested that it would be more appropriate to consider opening primary schools earlier, as children can better deal with the virus infection. He said that children can deal with viral infections better because they have less number of receptors. Therefore, once the decision is taken and all the employees are vaccinated, then it will be right to open primary schools first.
The government also said that social, religious and political gatherings should be avoided and non-essential travel should not be encouraged.
No death due to lack of oxygen: Central Government
Meanwhile, the government today told the Rajya Sabha that during the second wave of COVID-19, there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen in the states and union territories. But during the second wave there was an unexpected increase in the demand for medical oxygen and its peak was around 9000 MT as compared to 3095 MT in the first wave, after which the Center had to come for equal distribution among the states, it said.
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Responding to a question whether a large number of COVID-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to lack of oxygen in the second wave, Minister of State for Health Bharati Praveen Pawar said that health is a state subject and the state and Union Territories regularly inform the Center about the number of cases and deaths.