covid: 50% Indians now have someone in their close social network testing Covid positive in last 30 days: Survey

New Delhi: While India reported 19,720 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 15.8 percent higher than 1.68 lakh on Tuesday, a survey showed that the spread of positive cases in nearby social networks doubled in a week. One in two Indians surveyed by LocalCircles now has someone in their nearby social network testing positive in the last 30 days.
The survey indicates that 50% of citizens now have one or more people in their family, friends, neighbors and colleagues who have tested positive for COVID in the past month. This percentage increased from 26% on January 3 to 50% on January 10. Of the 50% who have one or more people affected by the COVID virus, 23% know that more than 5 individuals have tested positive for the virus in the past 30 days.
The survey received more than 30,000 responses from citizens across 371 districts of India. 66% of the respondents were men compared to 34% women. Of these 30,000 responses, 15% of Indians said they had one or more individuals in their close social network, who despite having symptoms of COVID in the last 30 days had not taken a test and had gone into self-treatment/quarantine at home
A LocalCircles survey in May 2020 or during the first wave of COVID-19 indicated that 7% of citizens had one or more individuals in their close social network who tested positive for COVID in the last 30 days. This percentage saw a significant increase during the initial phase of the second wave in March 2021 to 51%.
With 1 in 6 not already being tested, going into quarantine and self-treatment, and new ICMR guidelines encouraging healthy and mildly symptomatic individuals not to get RT-PCR, this number is likely to rise rapidly, increasing the gap between actual cases. Daily and daily reported cases.
India’s daily positivity rate – or the number of people infected per 100 tests – is 11.5 per cent.
The country has so far reported 4,868 cases of omicron, the highly contagious type of coronavirus first detected in South Africa.
Maharashtra has the highest number of Omicron cases with 1281.
LocalCircles also compiled what it takes for Omicron to move between two people (infected and weak) based on their hiding status, when they’re indoors, and 6 feet away.
“If both are wearing an N-95 mask, it takes 3 hours and 24 minutes of exposure to the Omicron variant to transmit, but if neither is wearing a mask or is wearing a cloth mask, it takes only 2 minutes of exposure to infect the vulnerable individual.”
Currently, 63% of mask wearers in India use cloth masks, which provide limited protection.
Meanwhile, another poll by LocalCircles claimed that 41 percent of people support banning all political gatherings. According to the poll taken after the European Commission’s announcement, 31 per cent of citizens preferred to postpone elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur altogether.
The Election Commission last week banned public gatherings, roadshows and side meetings until Jan. 15 in the five states, citing the new surge in Covid cases, and issued stringent safety guidelines. 24 per cent of respondents said that compliance with Covid should be imposed on all political gatherings, but that they should continue. Four per cent of respondents said no action is needed because the risk of Covid spreading due to the elections is low.
The platform said in a statement that the poll received more than 11,000 responses from citizens in 309 districts in the country, including 4,172 responses from districts in the five states participating in the poll.


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