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Coronavirus: Positive COVID-19 tests double than at Test and Trace launch, latest figures show

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ASSAFIR 24 – FADWA RAFIA

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England is now double the number recorded when the country’s Test and Trace system was launched at the end of May

Official figures show 18,371 new people tested positive for COVID 19 in England between 3 September and 9 September, a substantial increase of 167% compared with the end of August

The number of positive CORONAVIRUS cases has been rising nationwide since the start of July, according to the Department of Health and Social Care data

Test numbers increased by 27% in the most recent week compared with the previous week, after remaining at consistent levels between the end of July and the end of August, the new numbers reveal

There has also been a 74% increase in the number of people referred to the Test and Trace service – three times as many than at the beginning of August

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced plans for a mass testing programme dubbed “Operation Moonshot” that would see “millions” of people swabbed every day

It would cost the government £10bn, but is what ministers are hoping could return the UK to normality before a vaccine is made available

But there has been increased criticism over testing capacity, with people in England being told to travel to WALES or SCOTLAND for their “nearest” testing centre

Mr Johnson admitted to the Commons Liaison Committeeon Wednesday that demand for tests has “massively accelerated” in the past fortnight amid a surge in cases

“I know that many people have had infuriating experiences, and I do sympathise with them,” he said, but promised capacity would reach 500,000 a day by the end of October

Opposition MPs have described the testing “fiasco” as “increasingly out of control”, with members of the public calling it a “shambles”

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