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First sero survey to identify Covid spread among residents launched in India’s Rajkot

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  • 11th August, 2021 07:58:35 PM
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First sero survey to identify Covid spread among residents launched in India’s Rajkot

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With an aim to ascertain the immunity levels developed by city residents against Covid-19 and identify vulnerable pockets, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) launched the first sero survey on Monday.

As part of the survey, 26 special teams formed by the RMC started collecting samples of people from various age groups in 50 clusters of the city on Monday. The civic body targets to collect 1,800 samples of randomly selected people as part of the survey over the next week, Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Amit Arora said.

“The objective is to basically find out what antibody concentration and what immunity people have. It will give us an idea as to what pockets of the population have been exposed to the infection. It will help us devise appropriate medical response, for example, what areas are to be targeted for surveillance, which areas are to be targeted for vaccination,” Arora told The Indian Express adding the survey was being undertaken as per directions and guidance of the state government.

These clusters have been based on areas of polio booths, officers said.

Rajkot city has so far recorded 42,800 Covid-19 cases and the district, including RMC and Rajkot rural, has so far recorded 723 deaths due to the disease.