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With Over 54,000 New Patients, India’s Coronavirus Tally Crosses 17 Lakh Cases

With over 11.45 lakh patients recovering back from the infectious disease, the recovery rate in the country stood at 65.43 percent this morning.

India crossed 17-lakh mark on Sunday in the context of coronavirus cases across the country, with 54,735 cases being reported in a day. The feat came just two days after the country had crossed 16 lakh cases. Recoveries, on the other hand, have crossed 11 lakh mark, according to the health ministry. The COVID-19  tally in India has now reached 17,50,723, with 37,364 people dying of the virus. 823  new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. With over 11.45 lakh patients recovering back from the infectious disease, the recovery rate in the country stood at 65.43 percent this morning. 1,98,21,831 samples have been tested by the Indian authorities so far. The percentage of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus, also known as positivity rate, stood at 11.81 percent.

The second phase of serosurvey in Delhi started from yesterday.  This survey will be done between August 1 to August 5. As per officials, 15 thousand samples will be collected in all 11 districts. The state government had earlier conducted the serosurvey from 27 June to 10 July. During this, 20 thousand samples were taken.

Serosurvey is done to ascertain the number of populations that have developed antibodies for the virus r bacteria. If a person has coronavirus. Then white blood cells begin producing antibodies against it. The body starts to respond within 5-7 days of virus/bacteria entering it. The antibodies put a stop to the proliferation of viruses and boost immunity. Many Coronavirus patients are asymptomatic. However, they may contain the antibodies in them.

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