The ICMR’s second sero-survey shows that Indian population is still far from triumphing herd immunity against coronavirus infection, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday while underscoring the need for following Covid appropriate behavior.

During an interaction with his social media followers, the minister said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is vigorously seeking on reports of COVID-19 reinfection and although the number of such cases is negligible at this moment, the government is fully seized of the importance of the matter, the health ministry said in a statement.

He cautioned that the sero survey report should not create a sense of smugness among the people. The first sero survey of May 2020 had revealed that the nationwide commonness of novel coronavirus infection was only 0.73 per cent.

“Even the soon to be released second serosurvey indications are that we are far from having achieved any kind of herd immunity which necessitates that all of us should continue following COVID appropriate behavior,” Vardhan said in response to the queries posed by his social media followers on Sunday Samvad’ platform.

Vardhan stated that states/UTs have also been advised to lower the prices of COVID-19 tests. In the early days of the pandemic, as the kits were imported, the price tended to be high. But now, supplies of testing kits have stabilized and domestic production of these kits has commenced, the statement said.

It is a long way for us to avail the herd immunity, however, the pandemic can only be fought when the government and society work in group.


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