More than 93 per cent of adults in England, Wales and Scotland are believed to have Covid antibodies, figures released this morning show.
In Northern Ireland the figure is slightly lower, at 89.1 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.
It means across the UK, around nine in 10 adults would have tested positive for Covid antibodies, either due to vaccination or previous infection.
In England the figure is 94.2 per cent, in Scotland it is 93.5 per cent and in Wales it is 93.2 per cent.
An ONS bulletin released this morning explains: “Having antibodies can help to prevent individuals from getting the same infection again, or if they do get infected, they are less likely to have severe symptoms.
“Once infected or vaccinated, antibodies remain in the blood at low levels and can decline over time.
“The length of time antibodies remain at detectable levels in the blood is not fully known.”
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