The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in collaboration with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) began a rapid survey in five containment zones in Hyderabad to understand the SARS-CoV-2 infection among the urban population in Telangana.
The ICMR and NIN teams with the help of the state government officials began collecting 100 samples in each containment zones from today and would continue tomorrow Sunday as well. The ICMR has chosen Hyderabad being one of the 13 hotspot cities it has chosen to conduct the tests. At least 10 teams with 5 coordinators were pressed into service for the purpose. The serum samples collected will be sent to the National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) Chennai.
Accompanied by the GHMC, Asha Workers and local police teams, the ICMR-NIN teams have collected samples in Miyapur, Tappachabutra, Adibatla and Balapur zones in the city.
Earlier, the ICMR had collected 1200 samples from 3 districts in Telangana including Janagoan, Kamareddy and Nalgonda out of 69 districts in 21 states as part of its first phase of surveillance survey.
Meanwhile, the total positive cases in Telangana as on today are 2425. As on date 180 migrants and 237 foreign evacuees tested positive.