COVID contacts reached by England's Test and Trace scheme falls again

COVID contacts reached by England's Test and Trace scheme falls again

COVID contacts reached by England's Test and Trace scheme falls again

FILE PHOTO: A member of medical staff takes a swab from a person in a car at an NHS coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility in Wolverhampton

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LONDON (Reuters) - The proportion of contacts of positive COVID-19 reached by England's test and trace service dropped again to 62.6% in the latest week, well short of a target of 80% of contacts reached, statistics published by the health ministry said.

"As non-complex cases have a higher proportion of contacts who are unable to be reached, this has contributed to the reduction in the overall percentage of contacts who were reached and asked to self-isolate since Test and Trace launched, from 91.1% to 62.6% in the latest week," the health ministry said.

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The weekly statistics showed a 64% increase in cases between Oct 1 and Oct 7, and also an increase in positive results among people tested.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)

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