LThe University of Antwerp has carried out tests on thousands of blood samples since the end of March and has established that at least 7% of the population has been infected with the coronavirus, or around 782,000 people. “Our analysis may be an underestimate,” adds epidemiology professor Pierre Van Damme, who led the study with his colleague Heidi Theeten.
They evoke more than 800,000 infections while official figures list 68,000 confirmed cases. According to the researchers, this shows the proportion of people who carry the virus without knowing it. “We are clearly missing many cases of infection. “