Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th November 2020.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK population who have been infected with covid-19 to date.

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

The cumulative proportion of the United Kingdom population who have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic is not definitively known. Government-funded population studies aim to understand the prevalence and rate of COVID-19 infection, and how the virus is spreading across the UK.

Antibody studies from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) Study estimate that 3.36 million people were infected with COVID-19 in England to end June 2020. Other surveillance studies such as COVID-19 Infection Survey (CIS) and REACT provide estimates at a given time. Most recent estimates of the population in England who have had COVID-19 are 1.20%, from 31 October to 6 November, and 1.30%, from 16 October to 2 November, for CIS and REACT respectively.

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