Seroprevalence study in Tbilisi shows 6 of 1,000 residents have coronavirus antibodies

  • The National Disease Control Centre has been conducting similar research in Telavi, Georgia’s eastern province of Kakheti and in eastern Bolnisi municipality since May 22. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 27 May 2020 - 20:00, Tbilisi,Georgia

Six of 1,000 Tbilisi residents were found to have coronavirus antibodies, head of Tbilisi Infectious Disease Hospital Tengiz Tsertsvadze said earlier today.

Tsertsvadze said rapid antibody tests were used for a seroprevalence study designed to estimate the number of individuals that have antibodies to the virus.

This doesn’t mean that six individuals were found to be infected with the coronavirus. it means that they have antibodies to the virus. Similar studies were conducted in New York (21%) and Los Angeles (4%)”, said Tsertsvadze.

The National Disease Control Centre has been conducting similar research in Telavi, Georgia’s eastern province of Kakheti and in eastern Bolnisi municipality since May 22.

No cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Kakheti region so far, thus another goal of the study is to determine whether residents of the region have been infected with the virus in recent months

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