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England test and trace reaching fewer Covid contacts than ever

Less than 60% of contacts reached and result times nearly double PM’s target of 24 hours * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage The success of England’s test-and-trace system has fallen to a new low, with fewer than 60% of the close contacts of people with Covid-19 being reached and people waiting nearly 48 hours for test results – double the target. The 59.6% close contacts figure for the week ending 14 October was down from the previous week’s figure of 62.6%, which was the lowest since the £12bn test-and-trace operation was launched at the end of May. Continue reading...

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