A new study suggests nearly two-thirds of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the UK may have been infected with COVID-19, one the highest rates yet recorded in a community worldwide.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) study, as reported by British media, says nearly 65% of those tested have coronavirus antibodies, including 28% of children under five, and more than half of school-age children.
The study collected blood samples from 1,242 people between November and December 2020 to test for antibodies. Roughly 40% of those approached agreed to participate in the study. The reports do not say where they were located.
The “estimates are amongst the highest sero-prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 described anywhere in the world to date,” it says.