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UK reports 12,594 new coronavirus cases

Written by on 5 October 2020

The UK has reported 12,594 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths.

It led to a large spike of nearly 23,000 cases being reported on Sunday.

Public Health England (PHE) said a technical issue had meant 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of daily reports.

A problem with an Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum size has been blamed.

The government said 6,500 staff had been drafted in to help track down the contacts of people whose positive tests went unreported.

Missing cases
Original figure
Actual total
25 September
957
6,874
7,831
26 September
744
6,042
6,786
27 September
757
5,693
6,450
28 September
0
4,044
4,044
29 September
1,415
7,143
8,558
30 September
3,049
7,108
10,157
01 October
4,133
6,914
11,047
02 October
4,786
6,968
11,754

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in the Commons that 51% of the missed cases had been contacted a second time by Monday morning.

He said the error had “not substantially changed” assessments of the disease and its impact.

The 19 new deaths reported on Monday were all in England and take the UK total to 42,369.

They record people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, though coronavirus may not be the actual cause of death in all cases.

England recorded the vast majority of the latest new cases, with 10,685.

Scotland had 697, Wales 596 and Northern Ireland 616.