More than half of people in the community who had a “strong” positive test for the Covid-19 coronavirus said they had no symptoms, new data shows.
And 18% cited loss or taste or smell as the only symptom.
University College London (UCL) announced that the UK will achieve herd immunity early next week. 73.4 percent of the population will be protected from Covid-19 thanks to vaccines or previous infections
However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock questioned UCL’s results during an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari this morning.
“Some scientists told me we would have herd immunity in May and then June and after,” Hancock said.
“My favorite thing to do is look at the data. And that’s how we made the road map, the road map is really clear, it’s our route back to normal. We are on the right track to meet the road map, and that is our goal . “
However, figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 47% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 with a strong positive test in the UK reported symptoms in March, compared with 53% who did not did.
The strength of the test is measured by a cycle threshold (Ct). The lower the Ct value, the higher the viral load and the stronger the positive test, according to the ONS.
Fatigue, headache and cough were the most commonly reported symptoms in people who tested positive for Covid with a strong positive test between December 1 last year and March 22.
Of those who tested positive with a strong positive test, 18% reported only loss or taste odor, according to the ONS.
All figures relate to individuals in private households and exclude cases in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional settings.
The ONS said the number of registered deaths in England and Wales was below the five-year average for the third straight week.
A total of 719 of the 10,045 deaths recorded in England and Wales in the week ending March 26 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.