New Delhi: The city government report said today that nearly a third of Delhi’s population has been exposed to Covid-19 and has developed antibodies, giving details of the second serological survey or serosurvey in the capital.
Speaking to media, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that “29.1 percent prevalence of the virus has been found in the second serosurvey.” That meant 58 lakh people in Delhi now have antibodies.
The highest prevalence was found in the southeast district – 33.2 per cent – a massive spike from the previous survey (22.12). The least number of cases has been seen in the New Delhi area – 24.6 per cent.
Mr Jain furtherly said that “Scientists say that herd immunity is when up to 40 per cent of the population has virus antibodies.”
According to him, those who had antibodies after being infected by the virus would be protected for six to eight more months.
“The antibodies will stay for six to eight months as per scientists,” said the minister, who was also hospitalized for COVID-19.
In the first serological survey last month, 23.48 per cent of Delhi’s population was found to have been exposed to the tinykiller, coronavirus.
The other two rounds are scheduled in the first weeks of September and October.The Delhi government announced last month that a serosurvey would be carried out in the beginning of every month.