COVID-19 Immunity Found in 12% of Over 50,000 Antibody Blood Test Participants in Moscow
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 50,000 Moscow residents have taken part in coronavirus antibody blood tests so far and coronavirus immunity was detected in 12 percent of these individuals, the head of the Moscow Healthcare Department, Alexei Khripun, said on Saturday.
On 15 May, Moscow launched mass random testing for COVID-19 antibodies. It is free and voluntary.
"Out of more than 50,000 tested Muscovites, lgG antibodies were detected in 12 percent. It means that these people are forming or have already formed the immunity to the coronavirus infection", Khripun said at a press conference.
The official noted that the results range from 11 percent in the southwest of the capital to more than 13 percent in the southeast.
In addition, Khripun said that authorities in Moscow were planning to test up to 6 million residents for coronavirus antibodies.
"The scope of the testing ranges from 3 to 6 million, this is, of course, a study unprecedented in scope”, Khripun added.
The official also said that an understanding of how population immunity is formed would help prepare for the next wave of the pandemic, which is likely to take place.
So far, Moscow has recorded 161,397 cases of the coronavirus with 3,190 of them registered over the past 24 hours. The death toll in the capital has reached 1,934, while as many as 47,413 patients have recovered from the disease.