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According to The New York Times, many major cities around the world have taken tremendous strides towards achieving herd immunity to the novel Coronavirus, which scientists believe can occur when 60% to 80% of the population has been infected with the virus and develops antibodies. ~

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Compiling eight separate studies from major cities around the globe, all which sought to determine an estimate of the percentage of the population that have already been infected with the Coronavirus and have developed antibodies in each city, Statista states that a projected 19.9% of the population of New York City have already been infected with COVID-19 and have developed antibodies for the disease as of May 2. The studies look for these antibodies, which are proteins produced by one’s immune system and indicate a past infection, in people’s blood. ~

The New York Times also states that along with the 19.9% of residents of New York City that are projected to have already been infected with the Coronavirus and have tested positive for antibodies in their blood, 17.5% of London, 11.3% of Madrid, 10% of Wuhan, 9.9% of Boston, 7.3% of Stockholm, and 7.1% of Barcelona have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies as of May 20. According to International Business Times, although these numbers remain distant from the 60%-80% threshold of the percentage of the population scientists believe must have antibodies to achieve herd immunity, these numbers are higher than once projected as these major cities are just now beginning to open up and phase out lockdown and social distancing measures. ~

According to data from John Hopkins University and the World Health Organization, there have been 6,206,773 total cases of COVID-19 reported around the world, 2,661,643 reported cases of people who have recovered from the disease, and 372,752 reported deaths due to the Coronavirus. The United States continues to lead the world in total cases with 1,834,035, and deaths with 106,004. Brazil, Russia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, India, Germany, Turkey, and Peru round out the top ten nations in the world in cases of COVID-19, while the United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, France, Spain, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, Iran, and Canada round off the top ten nations in the world in deaths from the Coronavirus. ~

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