Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

Positive Covid-19 cases up 167% in England since end of August: Tracing scheme

LONDON (REUTERS) – There has been a 167 per cent increase in the number of new people testing positive for Covid-19 in England, the National Health Service’s Test and Trace scheme said on Thursday (Sept 17).

The government has faced criticism after people experienced increasing difficulties in getting tests and delays in getting results, and the NHS Test and Trace scheme said that the turnaround times for in-person tests had got longer compared with the previous week.

It also said turnaround times for home tests had also increased.

The scheme said positive cases have been rising since the start of July and are now double the number recorded when Test and Trace launched in May.

It said 82.6 per cent of the 15,526 people transferred to the system had been reached and asked to provide information about their contacts.

That led to 61,790 people identified as close contacts of Covid-19 cases.

Where communication details were available, 83.9 per cent of people were reached, and of all contacts identified, 73.9 per cent were reached.

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