64 lakh Indians were COVID positive by May, finds ICMR survey

India had 6.4M corona-virus cases in early May

India had 64 lakh COVID-19 infections by May: ICMR sero survey

Railway employees sit inside a carriage of a metro train during a trial before the resumption of metro services after a almost six-month hiatus due measures imposed against the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata on September 9, 2020.

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India recorded a single-day surge in the coronavirus cases and the fatalities linked to the infection and has registered 1,209 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the tally past 45 lakh, showed the government data this morning. It can be seen that the number of recovered and active cases are 3,542,664 and 943,480 respectively.

A total of 30,283 households were visited and 28,000 individuals were enrolled in the survey, who were tested for IgG antibodies. Based on the overall adjusted seroprevalence of 0.73 per cent and reported number of Covid-19 cases at that time, it was estimated that for every case that was confirmed with RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Reverse Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, there were 82-130 infections in India that were missed or not detected. Apart from the fresh infections, 1,209 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported taking the death toll to 76,271 in the country.

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The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.67% while the recovery rate was recorded at 77.65%. The IFR (per 10,000 infections) ranged from 0.18 in zero case districts to 15.04 in districts with high number of cases. As percentage of the total population, it means 0.73 per cent of adults in India were exposed to the virus by that time. "Brazil is testing at about double this rate and the USA, almost 8.5 times", Dr Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community medicine at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, told Reuters.

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