About one in six residents in the UK capital, London, have already been infected with the coronavirus, says British health secretary Matt Hancock.
Also, around one in twenty people elsewhere in England has had the dreaded disease, Mr. Hancock hinted on Thursday evening as he announced plans to roll out “antibody certificates”.
He added that trials of a new coronavirus test returning results in just twenty minutes have commenced in Hampshire,.
Millions of people in the UK, Europe’s third most affected country, have taken to their doorsteps to “clap for carers” battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
While Italy and Spain are the countries with the most cases of the illness on the continent, the US, especially over the last few months, has remained the epicentre of the global pandemic.
Earlier on Thursday, the US-based Johns Hopkins University tracker put the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide since the outbreak began at just over five million.
It said more than 328,000 people have died with Covid-19, and 1.9 million have recovered.
Meanwhile, Scotland, the second largest nation within the UK, will reopen all schools from August 11, its First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told reporters in Glasgow on Thursday.