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Around half of Britons in most parts of the country have COVID-19 antibodies, new data shows.
In England, some 54.7% of people in private households are likely to have tested positive for the antibodies in the week to 14 March, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The data showed that 50.5% of people in Wales had coronavirus antibodies, along with 49.3% in Northern Ireland and 42.6% in Scotland.
We’ve published our latest antibody and vaccine data for the UK.— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) March 30, 2021
We estimate that 1 in 2 people or 54.7% of the population in England tested positive for #COVID19 antibodies in the week ending 14 March 2021 https://t.co/KmNJFAMSWw
However, the figures only include people in private households and not settings such as hospitals and care homes.
The presence of COVID-19 antibodies suggests someone has either had the virus or been vaccinated.
It takes two to three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to produce enough antibodies to fight off coronavirus.
So far, 30,151,287 people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and more than 4.3 million confirmed cases of the virus have been reported since the start of the pandemic.
The government has pledged it will have offered all adults a coronavirus jab by the end of July.
Source: Newsday and Agencies