Study casts serious doubt on India’s official virus numbers

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New Delhi: Nearly one-fourth of the population in New Delhi is infected with the corona virus, according to a study that raises serious suspicions about official numbers in megacities and across India.


India became the third country to report one million cases after the United States and Brazil last week, but many experts say the actual number is much higher because test rates have been lower for a long time.


Of the 21,387 randomly selected blood tests conducted by the National Center for Disease Control across Center Delhi, 23.48% were found to have IgG antibodies – indicating that they were infected with the virus.


According to figures released by the Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday, Delhi has a population of over 20 million, with an estimated 4.7 million people infected with the virus. That’s 40 times 125,000.



While praising government controls that limit the spread of the virus, the ministry study said “most infected people are asymptomatic”.


The survey was conducted between June 27 and July 10.


Sujeet Kumar Singh, head of the National Center for Disease Control, told a news conference that more than 75 per cent of people were still at risk, including those at high risk.


On Wednesday, the Indian Ministry of Health reported 1.19 million corona virus cases. So far 29,000 people have died.


The most affected states are Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi government imposed the toughest lockdown in the world by the end of March, but gradually reduced it in the coming months to mitigate the devastating economic impact.


However, independent of the federal government, the states have tightened sanctions on the growing cases in Bangalore, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


The number of new cases is steadily declining every day in the coming weeks, with less than a thousand new infections being reported on Tuesday – the first in 49 days – more than 4,000 by the end of June.

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