Positive coronavirus cases up almost three times on end of August track and trace figures show

Official data has shown the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England is almost three times as many as at the end of August.

Between 10-16th of September the NHS test and trace system has shown 19,278 people to test positive for the virus.

That means there has been an increase of 180% in positive cases. The system launched at the end of May and the cases are now doubled.

In recent weeks people have found it harder to get a test due to demand, and results are also taking longer to come back.

Only 28.2% of in person test results were received within 24 hours compared to 33.3% in the previous week.

Boris Johnson previously pledged that by the end of June all the results of all in person tests would be back within 24 hours.

He told the House of Commons on 3 June 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”.

There has been an increase in tests by 30% since the end of May.


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