Covid pandemic almost over for UK as population nears herd immunity – expert



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he pandemic is almost over for the UK with the population very close to herd immunity, a leading scientist has claimed.

Experts were puzzled by the drop and said school closures, the end of the Euros football tournament and the hot weather meaning more people socialise outdoors could be behind the figures.

However virologist Dr David Matthews from the University of Bristol insists it is likely to mean Britain is close to herd immunity.

He told the Telegraph: “In terms of herd immunity – by which we mean the virus has managed to reach everybody and therefore most people will have a level of immune memory – I suspect we’re very close to it.

“Assuming nothing truly spectacularly left field happens, then this pandemic is pretty much over for the UK. I suspect we will not see a major surge this winter, or any serious levels of fatalities.

“The more we close the gap on the last 10 per cent who haven’t had the vaccine, the better we will be. Everyone will eventually meet the virus and it is far better to do so vaccinated.”

According to ONS figures nearly 92 per cent of UK adults have Covid antibodies, either from being infected by the virus or taking the vaccine.

Public Health England epidemiologist Dr Meaghan Kall has said data indicates those aged 24 and over are “very close to herd immunity”.



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