1,349 new cases in Delhi; sero-survey shows 23 pc immune against coronavirus
New Delhi: Delhi recorded 1,349 new coronavirus cases taking the tally to 1,25,096 on Tuesday. A total of 1,200 patients recovered from the deadly virus taking the total count to 1,06,118. The recovery rate is now close to 85 per cent.
However, there was a marginal increase in the active cases. Active cases grew by 122 on Tuesday. Delhi has now a total of 15,288 active cases.
27 persons died due to coronavirus taking the total fatality to 3,690. The death rate is 2.95 per cent.
At present, 8,126 patients are in home isolation. In the last 24 hours, 5,651 RTPCR tests and 15,201 antigen tests were conducted. 20,852 tests were conducted in Delhi in the last 24 hours.
Till now, a total of 8,51,311 tests have been conducted in Delhi. There are a total 689 containment zones in Delhi.
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday released the results of the sero-survey which was conducted in the national capital. In the sero-survey, blood serum of individuals is checked for the prevalence of antibodies against infection.
It was found that 23 per cent of the people tested exposure to the coronavirus. The survey was conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control in collaboration with the Delhi government. The sample size was 21,387. It was conducted between June 27 and July 10.
“The study also indicates that a large number of infected persons remain asymptomatic. Nearly six months into the epidemic, only 22.86 per cent of the people are affected in Delhi, which has several pockets of dense population. This can be attributed to the proactive efforts taken by the government to prevent the spread of infection,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.
It means basically that 23 per cent population of Delhi has developed antibodies against the virus and have remained asymptomatic. As per many reports published by various media houses, experts are considering this as good news for Delhi.
Dr SK Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences talking to India Today TV said, “The study showed herd immunity in Delhi. People are getting immune without getting the vaccine. Even as these self-acquired antibodies are yet to be titrated, their presence means that these people were infected and managed to clear the virus.”