On the basis of seroprevalence survey done in May-June, ICMR said that for every confirmed corona cases in India, at least 80 cases of coronavirus infection were missed.
As per ICMR, 40 % of the Indian population has already been exposed to the SARS-Cov 2 virus.
As per official state records, India’s total tally of corona cases on Saturday morning reached 46.6 million. There would be 372.8 million cases in India if 46.6 M is multiplied by ICMR’s lower-ranger figure of 80.
These missing cases consist of asymptomatic patients, patients with mild or severe cases and patients who died due to COVID-19.
Moreover, there has been an estimation that the US missed 10 cases for every 1 confirmed COVID-19 case.
Indian Council of Medical Research says that we missed these large number of COVID-19 cases as India tested only those who showed symptoms of acute and severe respiratory infection.
Moreover, different states are using the different-different testing methodology. Community testing is not being carried out. Tests are conducted for only those people who are showing symptoms.
ICMR said that cases have been missed which also mean that COVID-19 deaths have been missed too. Moreover, The ICMR findings show that mortality data is incomplete as many deaths were not attributed to Covid-19, as published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research.
As per ICMR implementing context-specific containment proposals which include testing of all cases which are asymptomatic, positive cases to be kept in isolated places as well tracing high-risk contacts is also important.
Dr A. Velumani, scientist and managing director of Thyrocare Technologies Limited, said, “The exposure rate in May and June shows that the infection has spread in the population. Antibody prevalence as of September is 27 per cent. The movement of the virus has been very fast and we have to now look at controlling deaths. With greater unlocking the number of cases will rise but the number of deaths must not increase. Focus has to be on how to reduce mortality.”