Tracking app suggests coronavirus was silently spreading through the UK well before the first confirmed case

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A coronavirus tracking app shows coronavirus was infecting the UK before the New Year.

Created by King’s College London, the COVID Symptom tracker suggests the virus was spreading across the country before the first confirmed case in January.

The app collates data by asking 2.6 million users to report daily symptoms to track the spread of the killer disease.

Some users reported symptoms similar to those of Covid-19 in December 2019.

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Tim Spector, told the Sunday Times: “The reports I am getting are from people who were ill from early January onwards and strongly suggest they had Covid-19 but were not recognised as such.

The app also suggests the UK may have seen the peak of the outbreak already.

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Lizzie Day