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Eight in 10 adults in most of UK likely to have Covid-19 antibodies

Eight in 10 adults in most of UK likely to have Covid-19 antibodies

Around eight in 10 adults in most parts of the UK are now likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, new figures suggest. The estimates range from 79.9% of adults in Northern Ireland to 80.3% in England and 82.7% in Wales. In Scotland the estimate is slightly lower, at just over seven in 10 adults or 72.6%. The presence of Covid-19 antibodies suggests someone has had the infection in the past or has been vaccinated. It takes between two and three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the virus.

Antibodies then remain in the blood at low levels, although these levels can decline over time to the point that tests can no longer detect them. The latest estimates are from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are based on a sample of blood test results for the week beginning May 17. The estimates are for people in private households and do not include settings such as hospitals and care homes.

In both England and Northern Ireland, the latest estimate of eight in 10 adults is up from around seven in 10 a month ago, while in Wales the estimate of eight in 10 is up from around two-thirds of adults. For Scotland the estimate is up month-on-month from around six in 10 to just over seven in 10.

Eight in 10 adults in most of UK likely to have Covid-19 antibodies, Bloomberg, Jun 10

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