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Test and Trace failure helped Indian variant spread

A report by a local council in the North East of England has found that failures in England’s Test and Trace system are partly responsible for a surge in the Indian variant in one of the worst affected parts of the country. For three weeks in April and May, eight local authorities in England did not have access to the full data on positive tests in their area. The number of missing cases was highest in Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire.

The government said a Track and Trace “software issue” had affected a “handful” of places, but this had been resolved “as quickly as possible”.

The other areas experiencing incomplete data were Blackpool, York, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

Full story – BBC North West, 20 May 2021

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