Half of people in England now have antibodies against Covid, study says


More than half of people in England are now thought to have antibodies against coronavirus, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In a sign of the increasing success of the UK’s vaccination programme in protecting the public from the virus, the ONS said it estimated around 55 per cent of the population would test positive for antibodies in the week ending 14 March.

The study looks at the prevalence of antibodies based on a the ONS infection survey of private households. The presence of antibodies suggests a person has had the infection or has been vaccinated against the virus.

The ONS said there was a regional variation for antibodies with the northwest having the highest percentage of people with antibodies at 60 per cent. The southeast had the lowest level with 50 per cent.