One in two residents in Delhi has been exposed to the coronavirus and developed antibodies for the infection, according to the fifth serological survey conducted by the Delhi government. The city is now inching towards herd immunity, but people should not let their guard down, stated the Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain. However, people should still take vaccines as it will provide a better immune response against the virus and also continue to take all precautions.
“In the fifth sero survey done in the national capital of Delhi, antibodies have been detected in 56.13 per cent of the population. This was the largest survey in any state involving around 28,000 samples conducted from January 15 to 23,” Jain said.
This means that 56.13% of the people surveyed had caught the infection at some point and have recovered from it, said Jain. Also, the survey has shown that more women had developed antibodies against COVID-19 compared to men.
When a larger part of the population develops antibodies and becomes immune to the virus, the chain of transmission is broken which reduces the spread of the disease which is called herd immunity, which favours for a higher value of sero prevalence.
Over 39,50,156 vaccine doses have been administered across India so far.