Results of a survey conducted by the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar showed a 3.8 percent increase in sero-predominance in the city compared to a similar survey conducted in June. In sero-survey, the person’s blood serum is tested, which shows antibodies in the body against the infection.
“We did a sero-survey in Srinagar district, which showed that 40 per cent of the 2,400 people were not confirmed infected but developed antibodies,” said Dr Mohammad Salim Khan, Head of Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar. Khan said that samples were taken randomly from 20 clusters in Srinagar. It has also been found that women have more antibodies than men. He said, ‘This trend is encouraging, but it does not mean that we can say that Covid-19 can be defeated if a certain level of antibody is developed in the population.’
348 people have died in Srinagar district so far
The worst affected district of Jammu and Kashmir is Srinagar. About 19,000 people have been infected and 348 have died. 1651 patients are undergoing treatment in the district and 195300 affected patients are undergoing treatment in other districts. Khan said that a large-scale sero survey is being conducted in nine other districts of the Kashmir Valley and 400 samples have been taken from each district. He said that the results are expected to be published within two weeks.
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First Published: October 29, 2020, 17:29 IST