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Almost 90% Of People in Mumbai Have COVID-19 Antibodies: Serosurvey

Almost 90% Of People in Mumbai Have COVID-19 Antibodies: Serosurvey

A bird flies across Mumbai’s financial district skyline, June 2019. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

Mumbai: Nearly 90% of people in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, are estimated to have COVID-19 antibodies, according to the civic body survey released on Friday.

The fifth blood serum survey that tests for antibodies, known as a seroprevalence survey, conducted between August and early September, included 8,674 adults, of which almost 65% had been vaccinated.

The survey also revealed that more females had COVID-19 antibodies compared to their male counterparts at 88.29% compared to 85.07%.

Seroprevalence was significantly higher in individuals who had received either first or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine as compared to their unvaccinated counterparts, the survey by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) noted.

“As the seroprevalance amongst those who are vaccinated is much higher than the unvaccinated counterparts, it is essential to strengthen the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program,” the report mentioned.

India’s crowded financial hub Mumbai won plaudits this year for tackling the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic better than any other metropolis in the country.

The report finding comes at a time when concerns around emergence of a third wave remains. India reported 34,403 new COVID-19 cases on September 17 across the country.

(Reuters – reporting by Nupur Anand; editing by Louise Heavens)

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