February 3 According to Reuters, a source said that a serological survey from the Indian government showed that one in four people in India’s about 1.35 billion people may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, far exceeding the official data reported by the Ministry of Health.
The investigation was conducted by the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), but the agency said it would only share the report on the 4th local time, and the source refused to disclose his identity before the official announcement.
It is not clear how many people participated in the survey, but the number of 300 million infections is “much more conservative” than previous similar studies, the report said.
In August and September 2020, the Indian Medical Research Council used blood samples from nearly 30,000 people over the age of 10 to analyze it.
At that time, it was concluded that one in 15 people in India carried COVID-19 antibodies, and in densely populated urban slums, one in six people carried antibodies.
Reuters also reported in December 2020 that a review panel authorized by the Government of India used data models to estimate that 60% of India’s population has contracted the novel coronavirus.
According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of India on the 3rd, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India rose to 10,777,284. In the past 24 hours, India has 11,039 new confirmed cases, 110 new deaths, and a cumulative death rate of 154,596.
India has now vaccinated about 4 million people against the coronavirus, and the government plans to complete 300 million people by August.