WorldMedical staff member are seen next to patients suffering from the coronavirus in the intensive care unit at the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, Italy. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo09 Jun 2020 02:57AMShare this contentBookmarkROME: A sample survey has shown that more than half the residents of the northern Italian city of Bergamo have COVID-19 antibodies, city health authorities said on Monday (Jun 8).
Of 9,965 residents who had blood tests between Apr 23 and Jun 3, 57 per cent of them had antibodies indicating they had come into contact with the coronavirus, the survey showed.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe city health authorities said the sample was"sufficiently broad" to be a reliable indicator of how many people had been infected in Bergamo, which became the epicentre of Italy's outbreak.
Antibodies were found in just over 30 per cent of the 10,404 health operators tested although they are generally considered more at risk than other people.In a report released in early May, national statistics institute ISTAT said the number of deaths in Bergamo was up 568 per cent in March compared with the 2015-2019 average, making it Italy's worst-hit city in terms of deaths. headtopics.com
Its hospitals were soon overwhelmed by infected people and, with morgues unable to keep up, convoys of army trucks carrying away the dead became a chilling symbol of the global pandemic.AdvertisementAdvertisementBergamo province has reported 13,609 coronavirus cases, official data showed on Monday.
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