The second phase of the sero surveillance conducted across 25 wards of the Temple City has found the antibody prevalence rate at 5.15 per cent.
The low prevalence of antibody in the community serological study by Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) indicates that the state capital could be "one of the protected cities'' with respect to the COVID-19 virulence across the country.
Speaking on the results of the survey by RMRC under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) prescribed guidelines, Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Prem Chandra Chaudhary said, "The less prevalence of the antibody in the city population indicates that still there is a high risk of infection in near future and thus the city is currently experiencing a spike in the COVID-19 positive cases."
However, the BMC Commissioner urged the citizens to continue adherence to the COVID-19 protocol of wearing masks appropriately, keeping a minimum of 2-metre social distancing norms in public places and strict no to crowding so that we would keep Corona at bay.
It can be mentioned here that during the two-day-long community serological study by RMRC on August 28 and 29 the city-based research institute of ICMR targeted to collect 1,500 samples but actually received 1,320 samples from various locations from where the Phase I samples were collected earlier.
Unlike other three types of tests conducted across the city to know the positive or negative status of an affected individual due to COVID-19, this serological surveillance test provides insights into the community exposure levels which were found very low even during the first phase with 1.42 per cent. In fact, technically, after 28 days of the first serological surveillance, the second one is to be conducted as per the ICMR guidelines.
The community exposure to COVID-19 virus was relatively low in the city due to a plethora of enforcement measures taken by the civic body like enforcement and campaign to more use of masks, practising physical distancing, frequent washing of hands and creating community awareness by public addressable system through 10 IEC vehicles engaged by BMC.
A large majority of the population is still susceptible to the infection and hence all preventive measures under COVID-19 protocol is need of the hour.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.