Signs of community protection against Covid in India
The Morning Standard|November 20, 2020
Scientists from govt institutions found fewer cases in high seroprevalence areas of Pune
SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA

A first scientific analysis has presented the first signs of community-level protection against Covid-19 emerging in India. The scientists attached with various government institutions tracked new cases in Pune from areas with different — high and low — seroprevalence after 45 days of the serosurvey and found significantly fewer cases emerging in areas with high seroprevalence and more cases from areas with low seroprevalence.

Significantly, they also found 85 per cent of the seropositive people have neutralising or protective antibodies — another measurement done for the first time in India. Pune, with over 3.4 lakh confirmed Covid-19 cases, has been one of the country’s worst hit cities.

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