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NHS Test and Trace has seen its worst week on record for the proportion of contacts it manages to trace, PA Media reports.

Some 68.6% of close contacts of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England were reached through the system in the week ending September 30, the lowest weekly percentage since test and trace began, and down from 72.5% in the previous week.

Earlier this week Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that in most populations coronavirus would be “far less lethal” than flu.

Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!

Of all death occurrences between January and August 2020, there were 48,168 deaths due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) compared with 13,619 deaths due to pneumonia and 394 deaths due to influenza.

Influenza and pneumonia was mentioned on more death certificates than Covid-19, however Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death in over three times as many deaths between January and August 2020.

More than three times as many deaths were recorded between January and August this year where Covid-19 was the underlying cause compared to influenza and pneumonia.

The mortality rate for Covid-19 is also significantly higher than influenza and pneumonia rates for both 2020 and the five-year average.

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