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Technical reporting issue sees more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases announced

Written by on 3 October 2020

There have been a further 12,872 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK, according to government figures.

The figure, which was recorded as of 9am on Saturday, brings the total number of confirmed cases to 480,017 but a technical glitch may mean that the actual daily figure is somewhat smaller.

The government said that, due to a technical issue, there had been a delay in publishing a number of cases in England, meaning the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October.

The technical issue has now been fixed, they added, but it is not clear how many of Saturday’s cases were from this previous period.

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The figure of 12,872 is the highest recorded in the UK but it should be remembered that community testing was extremely limited during the worst of the first wave in April.

Forty-nine deaths were recorded among people who had tested positive for the virus during the previous 28 days.

The total number of deaths in the UK from the virus stands at 42,317, although the UK’s statistics agencies say there have been nearly 57,900 deaths registered where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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It comes a day after it was revealed that the coronavirus reproduction (R) number in the UK could now be as high as 1.6, up from between 1.2 and 1.5 last week.

In England, the R number is highest in London and the North East and Yorkshire, with both regions having figures between 1.2 and 1.6.

The reproduction rate indicates the average number of people each person with coronavirus will infect – an R number of between 1.3 and 1.6 means on average every 10 people with COVID-19 will infect between 13 and 16 others.

Also in recent days, an Office for National Statistics report suggested that the recent sharp rise in cases in England was “levelling off”.