Covid cases increase by a quarter in highest ever weekly total

Weekly coronavirus cases jumped by a quarter in the last week of 2020, according to the latest test and trace figures.

A total of 311,372 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to December 30.

This is up 24% on the previous week and is the highest weekly total since Test and Trace began in May.

Just 33% of people who were tested for Covid-19 in England in the week ending December 30 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 16.9% in the previous week, but is below the recent peak of 64.9% in the week to December 2.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged that, by the end of June 2020, 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’.

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