Two-thirds of Britons who caught Omicron had Covid, study shows

AROUND 2/3 of people infected with Omicron had previous Covid variants, a study has found.

React research by Imperial College London shows that 72 per cent of Britons who have been hit by a mutant variant in the past few months have been reworked.

UK virus leaders will include everyone's second Covid cases in daily case count from Monday


UK virus leaders will include everyone’s second Covid cases in daily case count from MondayCredit: PA


Leading scientists estimate that 7 out of 10 people who catch Covid have had the disease.

Professor Christl Donnelly, who led the study, said: “It seems that there are people who are at higher risk of contracting the disease, because they have been re-infected.”

Britain saw a record high of Covid infections in January, but levels are decreasing.

The study found that one in 23 people in the UK was infected between January 5 and 20, the highest number since May 2020.

The highest prevalence was among primary school children with 7.81% during that period, while it was 4.41% in general.

Professor Paul Elliott said: “Clearly the type of people who have been infected before is the type of people who are currently infected.”

Another 94,326 cases were announced yesterday, with the number decreasing because an adult autumn is being canceled out by the increase in children.

There have been 439 more deaths and 17,162 people in hospitals across the UK.

React Research says there has now been an uptick in infection rates in the UK after the wave hit a record high in the first week of January.

Professor Donnelly added: “Even if ascent in childrenit won’t do it indefinitely.

“Clearly, leaving a school-going child living at home is a potential risk to the rest of the family.

“But there’s been a lot of adult transmission, and there’s also a lot of vaccines – so these things are trading with each other.”

A study has stated that fully vaccinated people infected with Covid will have “super immunity”.

This is also the case with people who were infected before being stabbed two times, says Oregon Health and Science University.

Volunteers with both types of immunity produced an “incredibly high” antibody response that was ten times stronger, tests showed.

It comes as a major spike in Covid cases is expected next week as health chiefs begin counting reinfections for the first time.


From Monday, the UK Health Security Agency will add people who test positive for a second time to its daily list of cases, a move that is set to explode. number.

Official UKHSA estimates suggest only 10 to 15% of cases are re-infections, but including them would still increase the daily figures.

The new system will consider any positive tests at least 90 days apart as separate cases.

UKHSA officials said: “As the pandemic continues and more variants emerge, it is more likely that people will be re-infected with Covid-19.”

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