Serological Survey: BMC officials conduct first round sample collection

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Bhubaneswar: The officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) have collected samples from over 900 randomly selected households which is the target sample size for the serological survey.

This is the first round sample collection for the serological survey in the state capital which is completed on Sunday. Five teams were engaged and 25 clusters were included in this round.

The civic body officials said people were receptive of the effort and the BMC local ward officers helped in the mobilization efforts.

The analysis will be completed at RMRC in the coming 3 to 4 days and the report will be handed over to BMC for further action, said the BMC officials.

There will be two rounds of surveillance. The first round will take nearly 10-12 days whereas the next round of surveillance will start after 28 days of first-round as per technical mandate. The sample collection from high-risk groups in the city will be taken up soon, the officials added.

Notably, the serological survey has been started in Bhubaneswar to monitor the transmission of COVID-19 in the general population & high-risk groups of the city. This will be carried out across all the wards of the city, findings of this survey will help in assessing the extent of spread.

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