Serological survey in Delhi to analyse Covid-19 spread: All you need to know

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NEW DELHI: Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital, a serological survey to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the spread of Covid-19 in Delhi commenced in some parts of the city on Saturday.
The exercise will be carried out jointly by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Delhi government and will be held till July 10.
Here is all you need to know about the survey:
* As part of the survey, blood samples of 20,000 people will be tested to ascertain the presence of anti-bodies, the Union health ministry has said.
* The survey is being conducted door-to-door and it will reveal the extent of coronavirus spread in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
* The survey started in the Central district of the national capital on Saturday, officials said.
* The NCDC would train lab technicians on how to collect samples on Saturday and they were likely to commence the exercise from Monday.
* In the Southeast district, the survey did not start on Saturday as logistics were being worked out.
* The serological survey is part of a new Covid-19 response plan prepared by the Delhi health department, as per the recommendations of a committee headed by Niti Aayog member V K Paul. The committee comes under the Union health ministry.
* The testing will enable 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.
* Serology (antibody) 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.
* As of now, Delhi has confirmed 77,240 coronavirus cases, including 2492 deaths. The number of active Covid-19 cases stands at 27,657.
(With agency inputs)

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