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40% population in Mumbai developed antibodies by themselves, what did you do?: BJP leader Ashish Shelar

A sero-surveillance study recently revealed that 57 per cent of slum dwellers and 16 per cent of the non-slum population have been exposed to the coronavirus and have developed antibodies against it.

40% population in Mumbai developed antibodies by themselves, what did you do?: BJP leader Ashish Shelar
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A sero-surveillance study conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealed that 57 per cent of slum dwellers and 16 per cent of the non-slum population have been exposed to the coronavirus and have developed antibodies against it. 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Shelar attacked the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and the BMC accusing them of not taking sanitisation measures in slum areas. He further said that the sanitisation of buildings was also stopped by the state government. 

Questioning the state and local administration in Mumbai, Shelar said that nearly 25 per cent people in private labs developed antibodies by themselves. 

“The truth has come out in a recent sero-surveillance survey conducted by the BCM and Niti Ayog. 57 per cent population in slums have developed antibodies while the rate is 16 per cent in residential buildings,” he added.  

The BJP leader further hit out on the claims made by the BMC and state government that they have contained the virus. “What did you do?” Shelar asked while adding that nearly 40 per cent of the people in Mumbai were exposed to coronavirus and developed antibodies. 

“You didn’t take care of the sanitisation and cleanness of public toilets in slum areas. You stopped sanitising residential buildings. We have been demanding the government to ramp up antibody testing by one lakh but they haven’t done it. Don’t claim credits for people developing antibodies,” he said. 

In a recent study which started on June 3, nearly 6,936 samples out of the 8,870 targeted were collected from slum and non-slum population of three BMC wards - Dahisar, Matunga and Chembur. 

The study carried out by the BMC, Niti Ayog and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) suggested that there was a high proportion of asymptomatic COVID-19 infection cases in Mumbai. 

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