BMC conducts Second Round of Serological Survey

The second round of serological survey has been launched by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to determine the immunity of people against COVID-19 in the capital city. A team of five officials will collect 1,500 samples from various locations. The two-day long survey will be conducted in 25 randomly selected wards. The sero survey will provide insights into the community exposure levels, which were very low (1.42 pc) during the first round.

“The current exercise will indicate the community exposure level, which was found to be very low during the first round of the serological survey. Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) Director Sanghamitra Pati and BMC Commissioner P C Chaudhury are leading the exercise,” said an official.

Technical support is being provided by the RMRC to the BMC to carry out the exercise. “In the first round of the survey, 900 samples were collected. Though the immunity level is relatively low across the communities of the temple city, the large scale transmission has probably not occurred in the state capital,” said Dr Jayasingh Kshatri, a scientist working at the RMRC.

The results will be utilised to ascertain whether there is any change in the immunity level as opposed to the first serological survey conducted about four weeks ago.

Dr CVSN Rao, additional district urban public health officer, said, “The community exposure to COVID-19 was relatively low in the city due to a slew of measures taken by the BMC authorities and the city police.”

Bhubaneswar has recorded 8,647 COVID-19 cases till Thursday. There are 3,478 active cases in the city and 36 patients have died so far. In Odisha, the COVID-19 tally crossed the 90,000 mark, and death toll crossed 500. A total of 3,384 new cases and seven deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.

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