FOI Reference: FOI/2021/3034

You asked

Please could you provide me with evidence of the isolation of SARS Cov 2 virus genome in full.

We said

​Thank you for your request.

The COVID-19 Infection Survey is a household survey that estimates the number of people testing positive for infection and for antibodies in the UK. Our statistics refer to the number of current COVID-19 infections within the population living in private residential households. We exclude those in hospitals, care homes and/or other communal establishments. In communal establishments, rates of COVID-19 infection are likely to be different.

We do not hold data on the isolation of the COVID-19 virus.

Your request may be better placed with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). They can be contacted via email at or via FOI email at

Further information and an overview of data about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the Office for National Statistic (ONS) and other sources can be found in our Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights tool.