3 percent of population may have antibodies, says Dutch study
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3 percent of population may have antibodies, says Dutch study

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A study of Dutch blood donors has found that around 3 percent have developed antibodies against the new coronavirus, health authorities have said.

The head of the National Institute for Health (RIVM), Jaap van Dissel, disclosed the results during a debate with parliament. "This study shows that about 3 percent of Dutch people have developed antibodies against the coronavirus," Van Dissel said. "You can calculate from that, it's several hundred thousand people" in a country of 17 million.

There are 28,158 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands, but only the very ill and healthcare workers are currently being tested.

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