Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who test positive for covid-19 antibodies are included in overall covid-19 infection rate figures in England.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

COVID-19 cases in England are defined as the number of people with at least one laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result.

People who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies are not included in the case count for England, unless they have previously received a positive PCR COVID-19 test result.

Further information on COVID-19 case data is available at the following link:

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