39% Kashmiri residents have developed COVID antibodies: Survey

A sero survey conducted in the Kashmir valley has found that two out of five persons in the Valley have developed antibodies against the coronavirus.

The survey carried out in October found the highest prevalence of antibodies in Pulwama at 43.1 per cent and the lowest in Kulgam at 28.5 per cent.

“We conducted a sero survey in all 10 districts of Kashmir, which has revealed that nearly 39 per cent of the 6,200 persons tested negative but had developed antibodies,” said Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, head of the community medicine at Government Medical College here.

He said the survey was carried out in October on the heels of an exercise in Srinagar, which had thrown up almost identical results.

While nearly 2,400 people were randomly tested in Srinagar, 400 each were tested in the rest of the nine districts as part of the survey, he said.

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