J&K begins sero-survey to analyse impact of Covid-19

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): In a bid to have a basic analysis of Covid-19 spread and to take new measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Jammu and Kashmir, the UT government today announced the launch of an analytical study through a survey titled “Sero-Survey.”

The survey is aimed to get a firsthand account of the impact of the virus on the J&K population and the number of people affected so far.

J&K government’s official spokesman Rohit Kansal said that in its fight against coronavirus, the UT government has started studies from ground level under the sero-survey and a report for Jammu district has been received.

“Fight Against Coronavirus Sero survey report for Jammu District received. Only 8.2% of the population is exposed to the virus. Similar spread in both Rural (8.8%) and Urban (7.9%) Jammu. Similar studies for other districts too shortly,” Kansal tweeted.

Pertinently, the recent National Sero-Survey conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found that 27.3 per cent population in Pulwama district are exposed to COVID-19 in the month of October, which was just 2 per cent in May.

In the UT so far, more than 1,300 people have so far while over 80,000 have got infected due to the deadly virus.

Furthermore, Srinagar district has been the worst hit with majority of deaths and Covid-19 positive cases.