COVID-19 in Delhi: Serological survey to begin from today

Authorities in Delhi will carry out a serological survey from Saturday to determine the spread of COVID-19 amid a rising number of cases in the national capital.

The serological survey will enable authorities to undertake a comprehensive analysis of Covid-19 and expected to help officials prepare a broad strategy to combat the pandemic in the national capital.

The survey is a part of the new Covid-19 response plan prepared by Central government to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi.

“As per the directives of HM @AmitShah, discussion was done on the serological survey in Delhi, which will be carried out jointly by NCDC and Delhi Government. Survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday, (sic)” the home ministry spokesperson said in a tweet on Friday.

The home minister has also approved the combined use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ and ‘Itihaas’ apps as strong predictive tools for future detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in population clusters. Training on the combined use of apps was imparted by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) trainers to the district teams of the Delhi government on Thursday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said, “Delhi conducted highest no of tests in a singly day yesterday- 21,144 We have increased testing 4 times Delhi now following strategy of very aggressive testing and isolation.”

Delhi has the second highest COVID-19 cases – 77,240 and 2,492 deaths.