The results of the Government's fourth serosurvey showed that around 67.6 percent of Indians have now developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, either through infection or through vaccination.

While that means more than half the population is still immune - amid fears of a third wave - the ministry has issued a warning regarding travel, saying one should not travel without a thorough vaccination at this time.

Government's 7-point advice;

1. Avoid complacency

The discovery of the fourth serosurve offers a glimmer of hope, but there is no room for complacency as a substantial portion of the population, 32%, remains vulnerable.

2. No statement on district wise situation

The government said the situation at the local or district level may be different from the normal situation as the national serosurve is just a bird's eye view of the overall immunity status of the country.

3. State-level action required

States should continue with local serosurvey to find out the percentage of immunity against Covid-19 so that state level action can be taken frequently.

4. Waves of infection likely in the future

The Union Health Ministry said that the findings of the serosurvey indicate that future infection waves are possible as some states have reported higher immunity against COVID-19, while some are at lower rungs. States that reported low immunity in the serosurves were naturally at higher risk of future waves.

5. Avoid non-essential travel

From the first week of July, as states are easing their restrictions, there has been an increase in mobility not only in tourist destinations but also in local markets. Inspired by the government, the states have again brought back some restrictions. The government on Tuesday said non-essential travel should be discouraged.

6. Avoid the congregation

Though many states have relaxed the public gathering norms, but in view of the situation, social, public religious and political gatherings should be avoided, the government said. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi governments have recently canceled the Kanwar Yatra.

7. Travel only if you have been fully vaccinated

Emphasizing on complete immunization, which is a complete course of two vaccine doses to be taken during a recommended interval, the government said that travel should be done only if the person is fully vaccinated.

It is our advice to check travel guidelines before traveling as some areas, some states have made negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for re-entry.


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