Punjab to go for 2nd sero-survey in 3rd week of November, results likely by month-end

Punjab to go for 2nd serosurvey in 3rd week of November

Coronavirus Punjab: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for the second serosurvey, to be conducted across a larger sampling area, to assess the spread of Covid-19 in Punjab.

The survey will be conducted in a random sample of 4800 persons among the general population in the 3rd week of November, while the results are expected to be released by the end of the month.

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Coronavirus Punjab: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh gave go-ahead for second serosurvey to assess the spread of Covid-19 in Punjab.

During a virtual Covid-19 review meeting in Punjab, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh agreed with health experts on the need to find the extent of spread of SARS CoV-2 outside the containment zones, in contrast with the first serosurvey that was conducted in five containment zones across five districts.

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Coronavirus Punjab: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh gave go-ahead for second serosurvey to assess the spread of Covid-19 in Punjab.

The first survey conducted in one containment zone each in Patiala, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar had found 27.8 percent sero prevalence.

Coronavirus Punjab: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh gave go-ahead for second serosurvey to assess the spread of Covid-19 in Punjab.

The second survey will include a random sample of 120 clusters (60 villages and 60 urban wards) from 12 randomly selected districts, with 40 adults to be selected randomly from each cluster.

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ELISA tests will be used to detect IgG antibodies in blood specimens for the survey.

The sampling scheme & survey method has been adapted from ICMR serosurvey protocol, the meeting was informed.

-PTC News