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Serological survey begins in Delhi today, will throw light on spread of disease in capital

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Officials in Delhi have begun the task of determining the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state through a serological survey as it continues to record more numbers. Delhi stands second in the country in total number of COVID-19 cases and has overtaken Mumbai in number of cases as well.

The serological survey is expected to help Delhi prepare a better and broader strategy to combat the pandemic. The exercise is being jointly carried out by the Delhi government and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) between June 27 and July 10.

“As per the directives of Home Minister Amit Shah, a serological survey will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government. The survey will begin from June 27 and training of all the concerned survey teams was completed on Saturday,” a home ministry spokesperson tweeted on Friday.

In all 20,000 tests will be conducted across all the districts of Delhi irrespective of age and other such criteria. The results of the survey are likely to help authorities undertake a comprehensive analysis of COVID-19 in the city which in turn can be used to prepare a broad strategy to combat the disease.

Serology (antibody) tests are part of surveillance efforts carried out in a community and both people who have the disease as well as those who are asymptomatic can be tested to give insights into immunity against COVID-19.

Delhi has 77,240 COVID-19 cases so far and 2,492 deaths due to the disease.