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Hold local sero surveys to limit spread, states told | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked states to conduct local sero surveys to be able to assess the situation at the district level and take further steps for containment of any possible spread at the micro level itself.
While the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will be conducting the fourth national level serological survey in June to assess the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic and plan measures for the future, the government said it may not be appropriate to depend only on the national survey, suggesting that states should conduct their own serological survey to be able to contain transmissions locally.
“If we want to protect our geographies, we cannot depend on one national sero survey alone and will have to encourage states/UTs to do sero surveys at their levels also,” Niti Aayog memberhealth Dr V K Paul said. TOI reported on Tuesday that ICMR is set to start the fourth nationwide sero survey for Covid-19 in June with an expanded coverage of population above six years of age. It will also cover healthcare workers in district hospitals. It will be conducted in the same 70 districts where the first three surveys were done. The last serological survey, between December 17 and January 8, was conducted in population above 10 years of age

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