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UK epidemic is slowing and antibody test could be ready in days, top epidemiologist says

  • Published at 06:01 pm March 30th, 2020
Construction of NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, Britain
Contractors, members of 1 Royal Anglian Regiment and members of the Queen's Gurkha Engineer Regiment help to build the new NHS Nightingale Hospital to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in London, Britain on March 27, 2020 Reuters

'We think the epidemic is just about slowing in the UK right now'

The coronavirus epidemic in the United Kingdom is showing signs of slowing and antibody tests could be ready in days, Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, said on Monday.

"We think the epidemic is just about slowing in the UK right now," Ferguson told BBC radio.

He said a third or even 40% of people do not get any symptoms. He said perhaps 2% to 3% of the United Kingdom's population had been infected.

But Ferguson cautioned that the data was not good enough to make firm extrapolations.

He said antibody tests were in the final stage of validation right now and could be hopefully ready to use in "days rather than weeks."

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