Only 7.3 percent of Stockholmers had antibodies to coronavirus in late April


Only 7.3 percent of the inhabitants of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, had developed coronavirus antibodies (SARS-CoV-2) in late April. A study carried out by the Folkhälsomyndigheten, the Swedish public health body, says so. Earlier, the agency said it expected that by May 1, around 25 percent of the inhabitants would be infected with the virus.

Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, a Swedish state consultant for the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Stockholm figure is “a little lower” than what was expected taking into account the contagion containment approach Sweden, which has not imposed strict restrictions on travel or work activities like the rest of Europe. Tom Britton, a mathematician who had participated in the development of the predictive model of the Folkhälsomyndigheten, told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter to be surprised by the antibody data: “Either our calculations are quite wrong, which is possible even if it is surprising that they are so wrong, or there are people who have been infected but have not developed the antibodies.” According to the predictive model, Stockholm should have reached herd immunity of between 40 and 60 percent by mid-June.

Tegnell believes, however, that to date – more than twenty days later – the number of Stockholmers infected with the virus has reached 20 percent of the city’s population.

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