Coronavirus update | ICMR’s sero-survey, the peak of COVID-19 in India, and new cases reported in Beijing

June 16, 2020 01:40 am | Updated July 03, 2020 11:35 pm IST

In this episode, we’ll look at two news points related to the Indian Council of Medical Research. Last week, the ICMR released some numbers from a sero-survey, or a general population test for antibodies, to look at how widespread the disease is in the country. We’ll take a look at those numbers and also go a bit beyond what was in the press conference.

Another report that has been in the news recently that the ICMR is actually now trying to distance itself from is a study saying that India’s COVID-19 peak may come only in November. We’ll also get a news update on the situation in Beijing, where despite some of the world’s most stringent measures on containment, a surge of new cases is being reported.

Guests : Jacob Koshy, Deputy Science Editor, The Hindu ; Ananth Krishnan, former Beijing Correspondent, The Hindu .

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