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Italy’s Covid-19 hub is getting close to herd immunity, study finds

More than half of Lombards have antibodies, as the virus seems to be mutating into a less aggressive form

Nick Squires

More than half of people in the epicentre of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak have been infected and the region has the highest rate of antibodies yet discovered, a study has found.

The city of Bergamo and its surrounding province were hit hard after the virus was first detected in the country in late February, but it is believed to have been present since at least January.

Blood tests carried out on more than 20,000 people in the area between April 23 and June 3 revealed that 57% had Covid-19 antibodies. Among medical staff, it was 30%...

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