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Only 2% of Croatians appear to have COVID-19 antibodies, serology testing reveals

ZAGREB, June 4 (Hina) – Only 80,000 Croatians, that is less than 2% of the total population, appear to have antibodies in the blood showing they have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to preliminary findings of serology tests conducted by the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ).

Only a tiny proportion of the Croatian population – may be as few as 2% — are resilient to the COVID–19 infection, daily Jutarnji List says in an article on Thursday, underscoring that Croatia was far from reaching the so-called herd immunity.

The daily newspaper recalls that three weeks ago the HZJZ started the conducting serology tests of 1,100 citizens Of those blood samples taken from laboratories, local clinics, and the Institute itself, the testing of 510 samples have been performed to date.

Preliminary data show a low exposure of the population to the virus, below 2%, Tatjana Vilibic-Cavlek of the institute was quoted by the daily newspaper as saying.

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