Coronavirus cases rocket by 167% in just two weeks

There has been a 167% increase in new people testing positive for coronavirus since the end of August, new Test and Trace figures have revealed.

There were 18,371 new infections for Covid-19 in England in the week up to 9 September. This is also is the highest weekly number of infections since Test and Trace was launched at the end of May.

Around 33.3% of people who took a coroanvirus test England at a regional site, local site or mobile testing unit in the same week received their result within 24 hours. This is down from 66.5% in the previous week.

The data also revealed that 82.6% of the 15,526 people transferred to the system had been reached and asked to provide information about their contacts.

Just under 74% of the close contacts were then reached in the week ending September 9, which was up from 69.5% the previous week, but below the 77.2% reached in the week to August 19.

For cases handled by local health protection teams, 98.9% of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate in the week to September 9, while 63.7% of contacts were reached in cases handled online and in call centres..

Since the launch of Test and Trace, 339,438 close contacts of people who have tested positive were 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%) were identified as close contacts, but were not reached.

The figures come just one day after Boris Johnson admitted there is not currently enough testing capacity in the UK, despite his previous pledges to create a ‘world-beating’ system.

Speaking to the Commons Liason Committee, he said the short answer to whether they had enough capacity was, ‘no we don’t’. He continued: ‘We don’t have enough testing capacity now because, in an ideal world, I would like to test absolutely everybody that wants a test immediately.’

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