18 Jun 2021

Niti Aayog Ascertaining Positivity Criteria Among Children In Third Wave

Latest reports have been coming in from Niti Aayog which in a press conference has said that WHO-AIIMS survey shows seropositivity in persons below and above 18 years of age is almost equal. 

In persons above 18, the seropositivity rate is 67% & 59% in persons below 18. In urban areas, it is 78% in persons below 18 & 79% in above 18: Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog 

In rural areas, the seropositivity rate is 56% in persons below 18 years of age & 63% in persons above 18. 

The information show that the children were infected but it was very mild. Only isolated cases of infection may occur in children (during 3rd wave of COVID): Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog 

It may not be true that children will be disproportionately affected in the third wave as the serosurvey shows seropositivity was almost equal in all age groups. 

But govt is not leaving any stone unturned in terms of preparations as per Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in  Health Ministry also added.

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