Coronavirus Test and Trace data shows cases in England up by 167% since end of August

Coronavirus Test and Trace data shows cases in England up by 167% since end of August

There has been a 167% increase in the number of new people testing positive for Covid-19 in England, the government's Test and Trace scheme said. Turnaround times for tests have also dropped within the past few days, according to new figures from the Department of Health and Social Care. Just 33.3% of test results were received within 24 hours, down from a 66% the previous week, figures show. In June, Boris Johnson promised that all coronavirus tests will be "turned around" within 24 hours by the end of that month. But his government has been accused of failing to provide enough accurate tests as the number of new cases surges across the UK. He told the House of Commons on June 3 he would get "all tests turned around within 24 hours by the end of June, except for difficulties with postal tests or insuperable problems like that". 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% of the 15,526 people transferred to the system had been reached and asked to provide information about their contacts. Since the launch of Test and Trace, 339,438 close contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 have now been reached through the tracing system and asked to self-isolate. This is 78.1% out of a total of 434,612 people identified as close contacts. The remaining 95,174 people (21.9 ...
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