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Government adopts sero-survey method in select districts to closely monitor COVID-19 spread

While the whole nation suffers odds over the novel coronavirus pandemic with fear and panic reigning over all, the Health Ministry has initiated a facility-based surveillance in all the 733 districts across the country in order to conduct a sero-survey to study the high and low risk groups in the selected districts.

The high risks groups include of the healthcare workers and medical staff. While the low risk group consist of outpatient attendees and pregnant women. The Health ministry gave information about the test that the survey includes testing of blood serum of a group of individuals which will help them in identifying the prevalence of the deadly coronavirus or SARS-COV-2, infection at the district level. The surveillance will be conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the National Centre for Disease Control. Other key stakeholders and state health departments will also be in collaboration and work together with an aim to curb the spread of the deadly outbreak of the COVID-19. The health ministry stated that there is no evidence of community transmission in the country.

According to the health ministry, the survey will include a total of 200 samples taken in a week and around 800 in a month. The agencies will use a combination of RT-PCR and Elisa Antibody kits for these surveys.

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News

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