New York City will begin testing children for antibodies after at least 38 developed a mysterious illness associated with the novel coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.
The illness, which de Blasio described as a rare multi-system “inflammatory syndrome,” has killed three children in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday. One of them, a five-year-old, lived in the city, according to the mayor.
Among the 38 cases so far, nearly half tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Among those who tested negative, however, the vast majority had antibodies, de Blasio said at a Sunday press briefing.
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