1 in 5 in Stockholm have virus antibodies: Sweden
Stockholm: Sweden, which has controversially taken a softer approach to the coronavirus pandemic, said Wednesday that more than one in five people in Stockholm were believed to have developed antibodies to the virus.
An ongoing study by the country’s Public Health Agency showed that 7.3 percent of a sample of randomly selected people in Stockholm — Sweden’s worst-hit region — had antibodies when they were tested in the last week of April. “The figures reflect the situation in the epidemic earlier in April, since it takes a few weeks before the body’s immune system develops antibodies,” the health agency said in a statement. Asked about the study during a press conference, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said he believed that to date “a little more than 20 percent” had probably contracted the virus in Stockholm — where over a third of Sweden’s confirmed cases have been recorded. – AFP