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Sero Survey: Antibody Prevalence Rate Of A Low 5.15 Per Cent Reported In Odisha’s Bhubaneswar

According to Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, the less prevalence of the antibody in the city population indicates that still there is a high risk of COVID infection in near future

Sero Survey: Antibody Prevalence Rate Of A Low 5.15 Per Cent Reported In Odisha’s Bhubaneswar
  • Sero-survey was conducted by Regional Medical Research Centre
  • For sero-survey, 1,320 samples were collected on August 28 and 29
  • BMC Commissioner urged citizens to continue adherence to COVID-19 protocol

Bhubaneswar: The second phase of the sero surveillance conducted across 25 wards of the Temple City has found the antibody prevalence rate at 5.15 per cent. The low prevalence of antibody in the community serological study by Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) indicates that the state capital could be “one of the protected cities” with respect to the COVID-19 virulence across the country. Speaking on the results of the survey by RMRC under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) prescribed guidelines, Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Prem Chandra Chaudhary said, “The less prevalence of the antibody in the city population indicates that still there is a high risk of infection in near future and thus the city is currently experiencing a spike in the COVID-19 positive cases.”

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However, the BMC Commissioner urged the citizens to continue adherence to the COVID-19 protocol of wearing masks appropriately, keeping a minimum of 2-metre social distancing norms in public places and strict no to crowding so that we would keep Corona at bay.

It can be mentioned here that during the two-day-long community serological study by RMRC on August 28 and 29 the city-based research institute of ICMR targeted to collect 1,500 samples but actually received 1,320 samples from various locations from where the Phase I samples were collected earlier.

Unlike other three types of tests conducted across the city to know the positive or negative status of an affected individual due to COVID-19, this serological surveillance test provides insights into the community exposure levels which were found very low even during the first phase with 1.42 per cent. In fact, technically, after 28 days of the first serological surveillance, the second one is to be conducted as per the ICMR guidelines.

The community exposure to COVID-19 virus was relatively low in the city due to a plethora of enforcement measures taken by the civic body like enforcement and campaign to more use of masks, practising physical distancing, frequent washing of hands and creating community awareness by public addressable system through 10 IEC vehicles engaged by BMC.

A large majority of the population is still susceptible to the infection and hence all preventive measures under COVID-19 protocol is need of the hour.

Also Read: In Odisha, Preparation On For Second Phase Of Human Clinical Trial Of COVID Vaccine

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