India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Dr Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said that “irresponsible people” who were not following the norms to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were driving coronavirus pandemic in India.
He also made an important announcement about the second national sero survey. The second survey will be completed in the first week of September, he said.
Speaking at a press briefing in response to a question, Bhargava said, “I would not say young or old, I would say irresponsible, less cautious people who are not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing are driving the pandemic in India.”
First sero survey, conducted in May has already been peer reviewed twice. The Indian Journal of Medical Research will publish the findings of the sero survey by the end of the week, he said.
“Most of the sero surveys are looking at antibodies. Neutralising antibodies and T-cell responses are not being studied in these large sero surveys. Sero surveys are important to guide us on what phase of the epidemic we are in and what we need to do in terms of public health response and containment zones and measures,” he said.
As far as the spread of Covid 19 in India is concerned, there is some goo news news. The Union Health Minister on Tuesday announced that exponential increase in Covid-19 testing across India, new positive cases have been on decline.
As per the release, issued by the Health Ministry, the number of active cases of the infection reduced by 6,423 for the first time in a span of 24 hours
According the press release, more than 600 tests per million per day are being conducted at present, which is a significant jump from 363 tests per million per day that were conducted on August 1.
With 60,975 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s Covid-19 tally rose to 31,67,323, while the death-toll climbed to 58,390 with 848 fatalities being reported in a span of 24-hours, the health ministry data updated at 8 am on Tuesday showed.