ANALYSIS: Why did the contact UK tracing system fail?

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Sky News’ Economics Editor Ed Conway takes a closer look at why thousands of coronavirus cases were missed off the government total.

Almost half of the nearly 16,000 people with coronavirus missed by the Test and Trace system still have not had their contacts traced, the health secretary has admitted.

An ‘IT failure’ within Public Health England – a problem with an Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum size – has been blamed by ministers for a delay in the reporting of 15,841 COVID-19 cases in England.

Downing Street revealed extra contact tracers had now been drafted in to help track down the contacts of people whose positive tests went unreported between 25 September to 2 October.

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