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UK coronavirus cases jump by nearly 23,000 amid infection backlog

‘Computing issue’ admitted by PM means some cases were not sent to test-and-trace system

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More than 15,000 coronavirus cases went unpublished in the government’s daily reports for over a week it has emerged, as scientists called for transparency over delays in reporting infections which the prime minister had blamed on a “computing issue”.

The backlog of infections that were left out of Public Health England’s daily figures between 25 September and 2 October led to a staggering 22,961 cases being published on Sunday, after 12,872 on Saturday, as the figures were piled on to the weekend days’ totals. Scientists have warned that these delays could hamper efforts to monitor the spread of the disease.

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