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UK says 15,841 COVID test results weren't transferred to contact tracers

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk in the city center, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Middleborough, Britain October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - England’s public health authority said on Sunday a technical issue had led to 15,841 COVID-19 test results not being transferred into data dashboards used for contact tracing.

“NHS (National Health Service) Test and Trace and PHE (Public Health England) have worked to quickly resolve the issue and transferred all outstanding cases immediately into the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing system,” said PHE Interim Chief Executive.

“We fully understand the concern this may cause and further robust measures have been put in place as a result.”

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Daniel Wallis