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More than two thirds of India may have Covid antibodies, new survey shows

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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More than two thirds of India's population may have Covid-19 antibodies, according to a new serological survey released Tuesday, providing yet more evidence the virus may have spread far more widely than official figures suggest.

Health workers and scientists have long warned that the real toll of cases and deaths are likely much higher than reported, pointing to the discrepancy between official figures and the sero-surveys.

So far, India has reported about 31. 2 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University -- less than 3% of its total population, and drastically lower than the proportion of survey respondents showing antibodies.

A working paper published Tuesday by the US-based Center for Global Development found that the number of excess deaths reported during India's pandemic could be up to ten times the official death toll -- underlining just how severe the underreporting problem is.

Between 3. 4 and 4. 9 million estimated excess deaths were reported in India between January 2020 and June 2021,said the paper -- compared to the Indian health ministry's reported death toll of approximately 400,000.

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