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Nearly 16,000 new COVID-19 cases added to total after technical glitch

Written by on 4 October 2020

There has been a delay in nearly 16,000 positive coronavirus results being added to the official figures, the government has announced.

It comes as a further 22,961 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the UK, taking the total number to more than 500,000 since the outbreak began.

The government said that, due to a technical issue, there had been a delay in publishing 15,841 cases in England, meaning the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from between 25 September and 2 October.

Public Health England said the people involved all received the test results and those who tested positive were advised to self-isolate.

Meanwhile, the prime minister has warned the coronavirus pandemic “will be bumpy through to Christmas” and potentially beyond that.

Boris Johnson also said it is “too early to say” whether local lockdowns are working.

Mr Johnson acknowledged there will be some members of the public who are “furious at me” and “furious at the government” amid the continuing COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’ve got to tell you in all candour it’s going to continue to be bumpy through to Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond,” he said in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.