Coronavirus may have already infected half of UK population meaning ‘Herd Immunity’ could already be well on the way


​The coronavirus could have infected as much as half of the the UK’s population, according to researchers at the University of Oxford.

Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford, led a study into the infection rate of Covid-19 across the country.  The new model from Oxford University suggests the virus was circulating in the UK by mid-January, around two weeks before the first reported case and a month before the first reported death.  If accurate, the results would mean the country has already acquired substantial “herd immunity” through the unrecognised spread of the illness.