Covid-19: Up to January, infections in Gauteng may have been 8.8 times higher than recorded cases - study

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An antibody test. (Supplied, Aisha Abdool Karim)
An antibody test. (Supplied, Aisha Abdool Karim)

A Gauteng health department study found that, conservatively, up to early January this year, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the province may have been up to 8.8 times higher than the recorded number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.

This finding emanates from a study of 3 453 households, across all 26 subdistricts in Gauteng, that participated in an antibody survey that ran from November 2020 to January 2021, amid the second wave of infections.

The second wave of Covid-19 emerged around mid-December in Gauteng, but the sampling of the survey was completed before the second wave peaked.

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