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As COVID-19 Cases In Odisha Rise Among Those Below 18, Sero-survey In State To Focus On Children

The rate of COVID-19 infection among those below 18 years has gone over 17 per cent, which is alarming, said officials from Odisha

As COVID-19 Cases In Odisha Rise Among Those Below 18, Sero-survey In State To Focus On Children
Highlights
  • All previous serological surveys in Odisha were done among adults
  • Currently, sero-survey in Odisha is being carried out in 12 districts
  • 6,680 samples including 1,644 from children (aged 6-17) will be collected

Bhubaneswar: The ongoing serological surveillance on COVID-19 in Odisha will focus on those below 18 years as the rate of infection among children and adolescents is on the rise for the last two weeks, officials said on Tuesday (August 31). The rate of infection among those below 18 years has gone over 17 per cent, which is alarming, they said. Though all previous serological surveys in Odisha were done among adults, the high rate of infection among the minors prompted the authorities to shift the focus, they added.

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The state-level survey is being carried out in 12 districts at a time, officials said. The survey is being conducted by the ICMR – Regional Medical Research Centre for the first time after the expansion of the vaccination programme. Till August, Odisha has administered 2,17,83,156 doses of COVID vaccines.

As decisions on opening of education institutions and targeting the last mile in immunisation need to be made in the near future, it is crucial to generate evidence on the exposure of children and adolescents, the unvaccinated group, to the virus, a senior member of the survey team told PTI.

“Besides, there is also the need to assess the immunity among the vaccinated group, particularly the healthcare workers,” he said.

The serological survey will estimate and compare the age-specific prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the general population and healthcare workers across the state from August 30 to September 20, the official said. The survey, a first in the state with such a large sample size, is being conducted with funding support from the state Health Department.

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Serological surveys have been useful in making public health policy at the national and state levels, the official said.

“It helps in prioritising resources, planning for progression of the pandemic, imposition and removal lockdowns and other measures,” he said.

The vaccination coverage among the public will also be estimated through this survey. The survey is being conducted in Khurda, Puri, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Balasore in the central region, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Sundargarh in the northern zone, and Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur in the southern part of the state. A total of 40 samples from the community (randomly) and 100 from the healthcare workers (purposely) will be collected from 137 clusters across the 12 districts, the official said. Altogether 6,680 samples — 1,200 from healthcare workers and 5,480 from the community — will be collected. The community samples comprise of children aged between 6 and 17 (1,644 samples), and adults (3,836), the official said.

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In the last 24 hours, Odisha detected 638 new COVID-19 cases and 68 deaths, a Health Department official said. Among the new patients were 110 children, he said. The state has so far reported 10,07,750 cases and 7,969 fatalities. The rate of infection among children was 17.24 per cent as against 15.92 per cent on Tuesday. Khurda district recorded the highest number of new cases at 260, while Cuttack district alone accounted for 22 deaths. There are 7,255 active cases in the state at present. So far, 9,92,473 patients have recovered, including 843 on Tuesday.

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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