YOUNG people aren’t immune from the coronavirus and are “most likely to test positive for Covid-19”, new research has warned.
Researchers tested more than 120,000 volunteers up and down the country over the age of five.
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About 69 per cent of those who tested positive said they had no symptoms on the day of the test.
They also said they had no symptoms the previous week and it’s believed they developed symptoms later on.
The report from Imperial College London also highlighted who was infected with the virus from May 1 to June 1.
The research found young adults aged 18 to 24 were more likely to test positive than other age groups.
It was previously suggested that the elderly were more likely to test positive for the virus and that they were at a higher risk.
The research shows that younger generations are not exempt from the virus and are more likely to test positive than their older counterparts.
It also found that the rate of infection in England was halving every eight to nine days during May.
So far there have been more than 44,000 Covid-19 deaths in the UK and the research claims that the rate of infection is plummeting.
There were on average 13 positive cases for every 10,000 people, with an overall reproduction number of 0.57 .
Looking towards other groups, the research found that people of Asian ethnicity were also more likely to test positive than those of white ethnicity.
This is while people working in care homes were at greater risk of being infected during lockdown than the general population.
The report also hinted at the effectiveness of the government’s test and trace programme.
It found that anyone who had recent contact with a known Covid-19 case was 24 times more likely to test positive than those with no such contact, emphasising the importance of contact tracing in keeping the spread of the virus under control.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the study is crucial to the country’s ongoing battle with coronavirus.
“This ambitious testing programme will help us better understand the spread of the virus to date, predict how it may spread in the future and inform our response to the pandemic,” he said.
“It shows the impact our national lockdown efforts have had and demonstrates that we have taken the right actions at the right time.
“As a country we have made great strides towards beating this virus but we mustn’t take our foot off the pedal, and such studies will be vital as we continue to fight this virus.”
The study has not yet been peer reviewed and plans are underway for a second large-scale study.
This will use antibody tests to determine how much of the general public has been infected with Covid-19 in the past.