NEW DELHI: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released a report regarding the breakthrough COVID-19 infection, which is when an individual gets infected even after vaccination.
This study by ICMR is to find out how long vaccine-induced immunity stays. According to their report;
86% of the breakthrough infections have been caused by the Delta variant of the virus but only 9.8% of the cases required hospitalisation.
In the Northern region, Alpha variant was predominant behind reinfection.
In the southern, western, eastern and north-western regions, Delta and Kappa mainly caused breakthrough infections.
Out of the reported breakthrough infections, 71% were symptomatic, 29% was asymptomatic, and 0.4% fatalities were reported.
While vaccines are proven to be effective against the infection, 85 out of 677 people surveyed got reinfected after the first dose. Vaccines helped in reducing the severity of the infection.
There was high community transmission" of the Delta variant of the infection, between months of March and June.
Dr Samiran Panda, Head of ICMR’s Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases division, reiterated the importance of vaccines saying that it significantly reduced the severity of the disease and mortality.
India has recorded 38,079 cases of COVID-19 and 560 deaths due to the disease in 24 hours.
There are 3,10,64,908 cases of COVID-19 reported in India and out of that, 4,24,025 are active cases, 3,02,27,792 people have recovered and 4,13,091 people died.