Only Two-thirds Of COVID Cases Transferred To English Tracing System In Latest Week
Only twothirds of positive COVID19 cases were referred to England's test and trace system in the latest weekly figures, health service statistics showed on Thursday, as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the coronavirus.
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LONDON: Only two-thirds of positive COVID-19 cases were referred to England’s test and trace system in the latest weekly figures, health service statistics showed on Thursday, as Britain struggles to contain a second wave of the coronavirus.
The statistics come after the robustness of the test-and-trace system was called into question by a glitch which delayed the upload of nearly 16,000 cases into computer systems, including for contact tracers.
NHS Test and Trace said that 51,475 people tested positive for COVID-19 between Sept 24 and Sept 30, a 56% increase on the previous week, but only 34,494 people were transferred to the tracing system in the same week.
The glitch, which was identified on Oct. 2 and reported publicly two days later, was the latest setback for a test and trace system which Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised would be world beating.
Although 74% of those transferred to the system were reached to provide information about their contacts in the latest weekly statistics, up from 71.3% the previous week, only 68.6% of 101,782 identified contacted were reached, down from 71.6% and well below the target of 80%.
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