Tests show half of people in Italy’s Bergamo have antibodies

Tests show half of people in Italy's Bergamo have antibodies

An antibody test in Italy’s former coronavirus epicenter showed that more than half of the blood samples contain coronavirus antibodies. Researchers said the sample size was large enough to represent all of Bergamo.

More than half of Bergamo’s residents who submitted a blood sample that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, health authorities in the northern Italian city reported Monday.

Bergamo was the Italian city worst hit by COVID-19, with images of overflowing hospitals and bodies being carried away by trucks illustrating the horrifying impact of the pandemic. According to the Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT), at the peak of the March outbreak, 568% more people died in Bergamo than the 2015-2019 average.

The city and surrounding province have reported a total of 13,600 COVID-19 cases.

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