The UK reported a shocking rise in Covid cases on Sunday after an investigation found 15,841 unreported cases.
The UK reported 22,961 new Covid cases on Sunday. The shocking figure resulted after an investigation found nearly 16,000 cases to have been unreported between September 25 and October 2.
UK reported nearly 23,000 cases on Sunday
Public Health England confirmed everyone had received their results as normal, but that 15,841 cases were ‘lost’ following a technical glitch, reportedly an issue with the dashboard. Sunday’s toll, although being an artificial result, means that more than half a million people in UK have been tested positive to Covid.
Public Health England’s (PHE) interim chief executive Michael Brodie affirmed: “A technical issue was identified overnight on Friday, October 2 in the data load process that transfers Covid-19 positive lab results into reporting dashboards”.
“After rapid investigation, we have identified that 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2 were not included in the reported daily Covid-19 cases. The majority of these cases occurred in most recent days. (..) Every one of these cases received their Covid-19 test result as normal and all those who tested positive were advised to self-isolate”.
The shocking result is a matter of concern for the population already worried about further restrictions rules and about another national lockdown, a possibility that Matt Hancock confirmed to be “the last line of defence”. The huge figure has also worrying implications for the government because of the new contact tracing system.