There has been a 17 per cent increase in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England in the past week as officials target testing in virus hot spots.
Officials say the rise corresponds with the targeted testing for areas where there is known outbreaks in cases but that the increase also reflects the overall rise in incidence of the virus.
New figures from Greater Manchester show almost half of all coronavirus contacts across the region are not being reached by the government’s tracing system.
Great Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the failings were now so bad, they were “hampering” efforts to keep the region’s infection spike under control.
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