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Newsnight has been given exclusive access to the first results from a study into Covid-19 antibodies in children, which will help shed light on whether they transmit the virus. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F

What’s the infection rate of Covid-19 amongst children?

Researchers at the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford, want to find out what percentage of children in England have Covid-19 antibodies to get a sense of how many children are getting infected with the virus and how they might spread it.

Newsnight has been given exclusive access to their first results. Researchers found 3 to 4 percent of children tested positive for antibodies, showing they have had the virus. Fewer than 10% with detectable antibodies had any symptoms.

Schools in England have been closed since March as there isn’t a clear enough understanding of whether pupils will harbour and transmit Covid-19 more widely. This research will help inform policy for schools in England to re-open in September.

Our Health Correspondent Deb Cohen reports.

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