Delhi to begin serological survey to determine Covid spread

Authorities of Delhi will undertake a mammoth exercise from today to determine the actual rate of spread of the coronavirus disease amid a rising number of cases in the Capital.

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Delhi has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 cases in India by replacing Maharashtra. It is the main concern of everyone that how many new cases are registered everyone and if the authorities are giving the actual report to the public. Thus authorities of Delhi will undertake a mammoth exercise from today to determine the actual rate of spread of the coronavirus disease amid a rising number of cases in the Capital.

It is also a concern for the authorities that many people are not visiting hospitals as they are under threat of getting infected. Thus, to find the actual number of cases, the Delhi government and other authorities will start a large scale survey.

The survey is to be undertaken by the Delhi government and the National Centre for Disease Control jointly. The main reason for doing a mammoth survey is to help the higher officials to make a proper and full-fledged plan to control the spread of this contagious virus in the capital. The Survey is to start today and the report is to be submitted by July 10.


Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted on Friday that “As per the directives of HM Amit Shah, a discussion was done on the serological survey in Delhi, which will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government. Member of Niti Ayog, Director AIIMS, DG ICMR along with Delhi’s Chief Secretary and Health Secretary attended the meeting. The survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday”.   It was also told by the officials that a total of 20,000 tests will be conducted across all the districts of Delhi, spanning all sections and ages.

The statement given by the Ministry states that the tests will enable the authorities to undertake a comprehensive analysis of COVID-19 in the city and then a broad strategy can be prepared to combat the pandemic in the national capital. It was also stated in the order issued that the Deputy Commissioner of the districts will be responsible to effectively coordinate with survey field teams.

By now, Delhi has 77,240 Covid positive cases and more than 2,492 have kicked the bucket so far. Hence, serology tests are being conducted in many districts. These serology tests are largely used for surveillance among the community. They can be used on people who have already been tested positive for the virus or even those who are asymptomatic and can reveal insights on immunity against coronavirus.

The government is taking all the possible measures to keep the spread under control.

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Delhi to begin serological survey to determine Covid spread
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Authorities of Delhi will undertake a mammoth exercise from today to determine the actual rate of spread of the coronavirus disease amid a rising number of cases in the Capital.
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