Sharp 64% rise in Covid-19 cases in one week with 89k testing positive

ENGLAND has seen a sharp 64 per cent increase in coronavirus cases in just one week, new data shows.

The latest Test and Trace figures reveal a total of 89,874 new people tested positive for Covid-19 in England in the week to October 7.

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This is an increase of 64 per cent in positive cases on the previous week and is the highest weekly number since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.

Some 62.6 per cent of close contacts of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England were reached through the Test and Trace system in the week ending October 7, according to the latest figures.

This is the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace began, and is down from 69.5 per cent in the previous week.

For cases handled by local health protection teams, 97.7 per cent of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate in the week to October 7.

For cases handled either online or by call centres, 57.6 per cent of close contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate.

 

Just 32.6 per cent of people who were tested for Covid-19 in England in the week ending October 7 at a regional site, local site or mobile testing unit – a so-called "in-person" test – received their result within 24 hours.

This is up from 27.4 per cent in the previous week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged that, by the end of June, the results of all in-person tests would be back within 24 hours.

He told the House of Commons on June 3 that 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".

Only 1.9 per cent of people in England who used a home test kit for Covid-19 received their result within 24 hours in the week to October 7.

This is down from 2.6 per cent in the previous week, but up slightly on 1.8 per cent in the week to September 16, which was the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.

Some 16.0 per cent of people received the result of a home test within 48 hours, down from 30.2 per cent in the previous week.

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