The Indian Council of Medical Research has released the findings of a second Sero-Survey conducted at the end of August to find out the prevalence of the virus in the general population.
The survey conducted in 70 districts across 21 states shows that 6.6 percent of the total population could be exposed to the virus. The prevalence of the virus is higher in urban areas. In urban slums, the exposure is 15.6 percent and in non-slum areas, the exposure is over 8 percent according to the survey. All in all, one in 15 individuals aged 10 years and above were estimated to be exposed to the virus by august.
Despite the rise in infections, the mortality rate in India is among the lowest compared to most large countries. The case fatality rate is the highest in Mexico where more than 10 percent of those infected have died so far. In France, these numbers are closer to 6 percent. In the US and Brazil, the case fatality rate is around 3 percent In India, only 1.6 percent of those infected have died so far and the recovery rate is around 83 percent.
To take this discussion forward is Doctor VK Paul, the Head of the National COVID-19 Task Force and a member of the NITI Aayog is in conversation with CNBC-TV18.