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Nearly one in four people in Delhi may have contracted Covid-19, study reveals

July 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Nearly one in four residents in the Indian capital of New Delhi may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, antibody tests on a random sample of people has shown.

(CNN)Nearly one in four residents in the Indian capital of New Delhi may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, antibody tests on a random sample of people has shown.

The study, conducted by India's National Center for Disease Control two weeks ago, suggests actual infections in the city are much more widespread than the number of confirmed cases reflects.

The result of the study, however, suggests that around 4 million Delhi residents could have been infected with the virus by the first week of July.

Delhi is the worst-hit city in India, with the highest number of coronavirus cases as well as the most cases per capita.

The coronavirus is still fast spreading in the country, with 37,724 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 1. 19 million cases -- the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.

In a press release, India's health ministry said the study indicated that a large number of people infected remained asymptomatic.

When India went into lockdown on March 25, Delhi had recorded just 606 cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths.

Other cities around the world have conducted similar antibody studies in the past, but the figures in their results are much lower than Delhi's 23. 48%.

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