Embarrassing you think but not dangerous? Read on:
Nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus were not entered into the national computer system used for official figures because of a technical glitch, Public Health England has said. Some of the unreported cases were then added to Saturday’s figure of 12,872 new cases and Sunday’s 22,961 figure. PHE said all of the cases “received their Covid-19 test result as normal”. But it means there has been a delay in tracing their contacts, who may have been exposed to the virus.
That last sentence is not discussed or returned to in the report as if it’s just an insignificant observation.
So, the statistics had a time lag allowing the infection level for England to appear lower than in Scotland, for the first time, encouraging gleeful but daft tweet from the likes of Lib Dem Alex Cole-Hamilton.
Far more important, however, it was evidence of a failure to trace contacts within the 24 hour target set for teams trying to close down outbreaks.
Weeks ago there were media reports of less that 50% of contacts being traced in the North of England, compared to 99.7% in the Aberdeen ‘Unionist pub’ outbreak. How bad are things now?