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Over 80 Per Cent Of Sampled Population In Ahmedabad Has COVID-19 Antibodies: Sero-Survey

The survey to detect sero-positivity for antibodies against SARS-CoV2, which causes COVID-19, was conducted by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) between May 28 and June 3, when the second wave of the pandemic was subsiding

Over 80 Per Cent Of Sampled Population In Ahmedabad Has COVID-19 Antibodies: Sero-Survey
Highlights
  • A sero-survey covering around 5,000 people was conducted in Ahmedabad
  • Fully vaccinated individuals showed high level of sero-positivity of 94.22%
  • Sero-positivity means the presence of antibodies in the blood serum

Ahmedabad: A serological survey of around 5,000 people from different parts of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat has revealed that 81.63 per cent of the sampled population had developed antibodies against COVID-19, officials said on Monday (July 19). People who have taken both doses of coronavirus vaccines had high levels of sero-positivity as compared to those who were yet to be inoculated, they said, citing findings of the recent survey. The survey to detect sero-positivity for antibodies against SARS-CoV2, which causes COVID-19, was conducted by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) between May 28 and June 3, when the second wave of the pandemic was subsiding. Sero-positivity essentially means the presence of antibodies in the blood serum.

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We carry out sero-surveillance studies at regular intervals to detect antibodies. Overall, 80 per cent sero-positivity has been detected in the general population of Ahmedabad. Those who took both the doses had high levels of sero-positivity as compared to those who took none, said AMC Medical Officer of Health Dr Bhavin Solanki.

A total of 5,001 samples were collected as part of the study, out of which 32 samples were rejected for various reasons and results were available for 4,969 samples – 2,354 males and 2,615 females, he said. Out of these, 4,056 samples tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, giving a positivity of 81.63 per cent, said an AMC report.

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A total of 1,938 males demonstrated the presence of antibodies, giving the positivity of 82.33 per cent, while 2,118 females, which comes to 80.99 per cent, had antibodies. Thus, the sero-positivity is higher among males as compared to females, the report stated.

The report said more than 80 per cent of the population had antibodies against COVID-19 on account of their past infection, vaccination or both. Of the total 2,887 persons in the sample size who did not have a history of coronavirus infection and who were not vaccinated yet, antibodies were found in 2,216 persons, which comes to 76.76 per cent, the lowest in the entire sample. On the other side, out of 158 persons who had both COVID-19 in the past and took two doses of vaccines, 154 persons, which comes to 97.47 per cent, had antibodies, the report said. Moreover, antibodies were found in 164 out of a total 173 persons (94.80 pc), who had COVID-19 in the past but took only one vaccine dose (when the survey was underway), it said.

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Among the non-vaccinated, those who were infected with COVID-19 had higher sero-positivity (81.93 per cent) than those without any history of the viral disease (76.76 pc), the report stated.

Among the vaccinated persons also, those with COVID-19 infection had higher sero-positivity as compared to those without any history of the respiratory illness, it said. Even for both these groups, individuals with two doses of vaccine had higher sero-positivity than those with a single dose, it said.

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A majority of the vaccinated population in our sample were vaccinated with Covishield vaccine. Although there are very few who were vaccinated with Covaxin in our sample, people with Covaxin have slightly higher sero-positivity as compared to Covishield, said the survey.

“Considering the dose of vaccine received, those without any dose of vaccine have sero-positivity of 77.04 per cent, those with one dose have sero-positivity of 86.06 per cent, whereas those with 2 doses of vaccine have sero-positivity of 94.22 per cent. Thus, the sero-positivity increases as the COVID-19 vaccine dose increases” said the report.

As of May 2021, the study estimates 81.63 per cent sero-positivity for antibodies against SARS-CoV2 in general population of Ahmedabad, it said. The available data is insufficient “to comment on the status of herd immunity for the entire city”, the report said.

Looking at higher sero-positivity among vaccinated & higher sero-positivity with completion of both the doses, further large-scale COVID-19 vaccination for the remaining & incompletely vaccinated population is strongly recommended for complete control over the pandemic situation, the report said.

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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