Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: A large-scale sero-surveillance to monitor the trend of COVID-19 infection and immunological status of the community and high-risk groups began in areas under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) limits on Saturday.

The sero surveillance for COVID-19 has been undertaken to know the immunological status of the community and high risk groups. The entire process is being carried out by BMC with technical support of RMRC, informed senior officials.

RMRC Director, Sanghamitra Pati said, "Basically, it is a serial sero survey for which we have targeted to conduct 2,500 tests in first phase and another 2,500 in the next phase. We are first collecting samples from the community and subsequently, we will cover high risk groups,” Pati added.

Of the 570 new COVID-19 cases reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours, 38 new cases were reported from BMC limits.

BMC officials informed that random sample collection will be done from different high risk groups and community members like Immuno-compromised patients, health care workers, security personnel, municipal workers, drivers, prisons, shop keepers/ vendors, Airport workers, urban slums, migrant camps and containment zones.

The survey will be conducted in nearly 25 wards. The surveillance will be completed in two rounds. The first round will take around 10-12 days while the next round of surveillance will start after 28 days of first round as per technical mandate.

Five special teams comprising 7 to 10 members including lab technicians have been formed for the sero-surveillance in Bhubaneswar. As per official sources, around 1600 samples will be collected from high risk and slum pockets and 900 from community members for tests in the first phase.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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