New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to conduct sero-surveys every month to formulate better policies for tackling COVID-19 in the national capital, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday. Also Read - Total Lockdown in Sikkim From May 17 Amid COVID Surge | Check List of Restrictions
The decision comes after the city government analysed the results of the latest sero-survey which showed that 23 per cent of the people here had exposure to the novel coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus in India May 15, 2021, LIVE Updates: India's Covid Situation Hugely Concerning, Says WHO Chief
Interacting with reporters, he also said, the next survey will be conducted from August 1-5. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic To Be 'Far More Deadly' This Year, Warns WHO
“The results of the sero-survey conducted from June 27-July 5 came out yesterday, and it shows that nearly one-fourth of people had developed antibodies, meaning they had got infected and recovered. Most of these people who were sampled did not know that they were infected earlier,” Jain told reporters.
The Delhi government has now decided to conduct more monthly sero-surveys to find a greater percentage of such people who had got infected and recovered, so as to formulate better policies for tackling COVID-19, he said.
On a query that there were reports of some people trying to indulge in monetary transactions for convalescent plasma, Jain warned that “strict action” will be taken if anyone tries to buy or sell plasma.