The outcomes of nationwide antibody exams performed on practically 65,000 Italians point out that some 1.5 million people or 2.5% of the inhabitants have had the coronavirus, well being officers stated on Monday.
That determine is six occasions the variety of confirmed instances in Italy’s official virus tally. The outcomes – seen with the nation’s general loss of life toll of near 35,000 -align with the two.3% estimated mortality fee of the virus.
Dr Franco Locatelli, a key scientific authorities adviser, stated the exams had been designed to know the virus’ circulation nationwide and never whether or not Italians with antibodies had been secure from the virus.
The large geographic variability within the outcomes – some 7% of residents in hard-hit Lombardy had the virus versus 0.3% in Sicily – confirmed that Italy’s three-month nationwide lockdown was vital to sparing elements of the nation the devastation skilled within the north, he stated.