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Large percentage of India's population not exposed to coronavirus, govt official says

BENGALURU, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A second serological survey conducted in India in August and September showed a large percentage of India’s population had not been exposed to the novel coronavirus, although the prevalence of infection in adults increased, a government official said on Tuesday.

Blood samples collected from more than 29,000 adults between Aug. 17 and Sept. 22 showed that the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies increased to 7.1% compared to 0.73% in the previous survey, the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research said in a press briefing.

Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; editing by Barbara Lewis

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