Study: 65% of ultra-Orthodox Jews in UK have COVID antibodies

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.

Illustrative photo of an Orthodox Jew walking past the Ahavas Torah Synagogue in the Stamford Hill area of north London on March 22, 2015. (AFP/Niklas Halle’n)

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