17% of Londoners Have Had COVID-19, Health Secretary Says


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that 17 % of Londoners have had COVID-19.

Hancock outlined the determine throughout the Downing Street press briefing.

The well being secretary stated that the outcomes of the Government’s antibody surveillance research have proven 17 % of individuals in London and 5 % of the inhabitants in the remainder of the nation have examined constructive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Given London’s inhabitants, that might imply 1.5 million individuals within the capital have had the virus.

It comes every week after the federal government introduced {that a} new COVID-19 antibody check to inform whether or not somebody has had the virus has been permitted to be used within the U.Okay. after being discovered to be 100 % correct.

The check, developed by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roache, has been examined by Public Health England and was discovered to be extremely particular and correct.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had beforehand labeled a dependable antibody check as a “game-changer” as it might enable the federal government to grasp how many individuals had COVID-19 and if that they had developed immunity.

17% of Londoners Have Had COVID-19, Health Secretary Says
The Health Secretary stated 17 % of Londoners had examined constructive for COVID-19 (Getty)

It may additionally assist pace up the easing of lockdown restrictions, permitting individuals to return to work in the event that they have been assured they might not get the virus once more.

Hancock additionally used this night’s press convention to say that the federal government had agreed a deal for COVID-19 anti-body exams on the NHS.

However, he warned that “we’re not yet in a position to say that those who test positive in these antibody tests are immune” from COVID-19 however stated that the perception supplied by the antibody exams can be “crucial.”

Hancock stated that the federal government had signed contracts to provide within the coming months 10 million antibody exams that can be rolled out in a phased manner, ranging from subsequent week, prioritizing well being and care workers, sufferers and residents.

The well being secretary additionally stated that the federal government was doing “everything” it may to “get a vaccine” and one will solely be beneficial if it is protected.

He stated that if individuals are requested to vaccinate then “they absolutely should” as it would solely be on the premise of “clinical advice”.

Hancock additionally stated {that a} check which might inform individuals in the event that they presently have COVID-19 and supply outcomes inside 20 minutes with out being despatched to a lab was additionally being trialed.