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Coronavirus Updates: Govt To Launch Serological Survey Today In Delhi:All You Need To Know
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Coronavirus Updates: Govt To Launch Serological Survey Today In Delhi: All You Need To Know
New Delhi: In a measure to check the spread of coronavirus spread in Delhi, the government will carry out a serological survey in the national capital from Saturday, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The serological test is a part of the response plan prepared by the center for the national capital
On Friday the Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted"As per the directives of HM @AmitShah, the discussion was done on the serological survey in Delhi, which will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government. The survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday, (sic)"
Meanwhile, the home ministry has already approved the use of "Itihaas" and the "Aarogya Setu" app as a strong predictive tool for the future detection of coronavirus outbreak.
The serological tests are diagnostic methods that are used to identify antibodies, which are created by the immune system when somebody is infected with the virus and antigens in a person's blood.
The tests are largely used for the surveillance among the community and also can be used on people who have already been tested positive for the virus
An official of the Indian Council of Medical Research had earlier said that “Depending upon the level of seroprevalence of infection, appropriate public health interventions can be planned and implemented for prevention and control of the disease. Periodic serosurveys are useful to guide policymakers"
When will be conducted:
In Delhi, the survey will be done between June 27 and July 10 to enable authorities to undertake a comprehensive analysis of coronavirus.
The spokesperson of the home ministry on Friday tweeted that “As per the directives of HM @AmitShah, discussion was done on the serological survey in Delhi, which will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government. Survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday".
Who will conduct the survey:
The National Centre for Disease Control, under the health ministry and the government of Delhi will jointly conduct the survey that will focus on antibody-based blood tests.
Through the serological survey, the authorities can learn about the total number of people infected from virus inculding those who might have missed. Also, these surveys will also help to estimate how much of the population has not been infected yet.