Weekly coronavirus cases up 56% in England
Written by on 8 October 2020
Coronavirus cases in England have increased by 56% within a week, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.
Between 24 and 30 September, 51,475 people tested positive for COVID-19 – a 56% increase compared with the previous week and the highest total since the scheme was launched at the end of May.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of positive cases – 34,494 people – were transferred to the contact tracing system.
Some 68.6% of their close contacts were reached, making it the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace began and down from 72.5% the previous week.
Local health protection teams were much more successful in reaching close contacts, getting hold of 97.1% of contacts.
But for cases handled either online or by call centres, only 62.4% of contacts were reached.
It follows new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which showed coronavirus caused three times more deaths than pneumonia and flu combined in the first eight months of this year.