Spanish Study Shows Almost 10 Percent of the Population Has Been Infected with COVID-19

The share of the Spanish population that contracted the COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in the country has doubled to almost 10 percent, or about 4.7 million people, in the second wave of contagion since late summer.

The share of the Spanish population that contracted the COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in the country has doubled to almost 10 percent, or about 4.7 million people, in the second wave of contagion since late summer.

According to a nationwide antibody study made by Spain’s Carlos III Health Institute, which results were published on Wednesday morning, over 51,400 people were tested and surveyed across in the country in the second half of November for the number of confirmed cases in Spain, of just over 1.75 million.

“One in 10 people living in Spain would have been infected …, half during the first wave and the other half during this second epidemic wave,” director of Spain’s Carlos III Health Institute Raquel Yotti told local reporters during a press conference in Madrid.

Prevalence in the capital city was the highest of all Spanish regions, with 18.6 percent of the population testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Previous results of the study that were published in July after testing nearly 70,000 people in April-June, revealed a prevalence rate of just over 5 percent.


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