73.5% Odisha kids develop sero prevalence

73.5 per cent sero prevalence has been found in kids in a survey conducted by the ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre (RCMR).  The serological survey was recently concluded.  The ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre (RCMR) had surveyed 12 districts of Odisha to estimate and compare the age-specific prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

Why kids have developed sero prevalence

The survey found that 70 per cent children in the age group 6-10 years were found to have developed antibodies, while the figure for the 11 -18 years age group was 74 per cent. The survey, conducted by the ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre (RCMR), also revealed a weighted community sero prevalence of 73.5 per cent.

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“70 per cent sero prevalence was found in the age group 6-10 years while for 11 -18 it was 74 per cent. Most children especially in the 6-10 age group have not been exposed to the virus as they were expected to stay indoors. Their exposure must have been from immediate family and friends. Our findings are similar and are at par with the national sero survey,” RCMR director Dr Sanghamitra Pati said.

Survey conducted in Aug-Sept

Conducted between August 29 and September 15, the survey covered 6,000 people, including 1,200 healthcare workers, in 12 districts. Of those surveyed, 25.6 percent were fully immunized, 41.4 percent were partially vaccinated and 33 percent were not vaccinated at all. In the 19-44 years age group, the survey revealed a sero prevalence of 75.68 per cent — higher than the age groups 45-60 years (72.65 per cent) and 60+ years (66.04 per cent). Government officials also expressed satisfaction at the fact that weighted community sero prevalence was also pretty high and it showed that the people had developed antibodies which was a good indication.

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Meanwhile, in India, 26,041 fresh Covid cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. The good news as per the Health Ministry India’s daily tally was eight per cent lesser than yesterday. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of the overall cases, Ministry sources said.

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 276 deaths due to Covid. So far, 4,47,194 people have died of coronavirus. Over 3.36 crore people have been affected.

It is worthwhile to remember that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio address “Mann Ki Baat”, warned against complacency during the festive season. “In this festival we have to remember about one more fight – that is the country’s fight against coronavirus. Team India is making new records every day in this fight,” said PM Modi, referring to the country’s record vaccination on his birthday.

From today, Canada will allow direct flights from India, lifting a ban of more than five months. The daily positivity rate – the number of people testing positive for every 100 tests conducted – stood at 2.24 per cent this morning. It has been less than 3 per cent for the last 28 days. The weekly positivity rate, which has less than 3 per cent for 94 days, stood at 1.94 per cent this morning.

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