Seven in ten adults in England would have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in early April, according to official figures said to “reflect the growing success of the vaccine rollout”.

In the week ending April 11, some 68.3 per cent of over-18s living in private households in England displayed antibodies against the virus, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated.

This was up from 53.1 per cent two weeks earlier.

The figures are based on blood samples taken as part of the ONS infection survey, which repeatedly visits a representative group of UK households to test them for the virus and antibodies.

Researchers calculated that in the same week 61 per cent of adults in Wales, 62.5 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland

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