UK to achieve herd immunity on Monday, say boffins

The UK is on track to achieve herd immunity from coronavirus this coming Monday according to modelling from University College London.

The forecast was revealed tonight by the Telegraph, and it suggests Britain will see a whopping 73.4 percent of the population enjoying protection from the virus due to prior infection or as part of Britain’s brilliant Europe-beating jabbing effort.

This site reported on Monday how Brexit Britain had surged past the European Union in second doses on the 25th of March, with the gap continuing to grow every day, having long bested the bloc in first jabs due to an innovative plan to spread protection with a longer dosing interval.

An ONS data release from the 30th of March said that 54.7% of people in England had antibodies for the deadly virus, with 50.5% in Wales, 49.3% in Northern Ireland, and 42.6% in Scotland enjoying similar defenses.

That data was based on information collected on the 14th of last month, and an additional 7.1m people have received their first jab since – suggesting that Britain is continuing to plow forward in its successful fight to beat off the virus.

UCL’s Professor Karl Friston said that the estimates were “unremarkable when one considers that over 50 per cent of adults have been vaccinated, around 42 per cent of people have now been exposed to the virus and about 10 per cet have pre-existing immunity.”

The compelling model will increase pressure on the government to speed up the relaxation of lockdown measures, with the UK set to take another step towards freedom on Monday as barbers and non-essential retail reopens.

Current government plans continue to insist on a staggered relaxation of rules, with regulations around social contact and large gatherings due to be reviewed “not before May 17” and the government hoping to remove all limits on social contact and events “no earlier than 21 June”.