About 20% of New York City residents in the United States are immune from the new coronavirus, John Bruno, Director of public information for the New York State Department of health.

“According to recent studies conducted by the New York State Department of health, antibodies are present in approximately 20% of (city) New York residents, but rates vary depending on where they live,” Bruno said in a statement.

He also noted that it is premature to discuss collective immunity since it is still being studied what the presence of antibodies against COVID-19 means for a person and for how long a person will have such protection.

“We don’t know when a certain level of immunity in one community turns into collective immunity,” Bruno said.

New York has become the center of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States. In the worst days, more than 700 people died here in a day, and more than 3 thousand were admitted to hospitals. In total, 18,758 people died from the coronavirus in New York City, according to the latest data, and about 4,6 thousand more deaths require additional verification. According to the latest data, only 217,562 people were infected in the city.