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In The Last Week Over Half A Million Covid App Alerts Were Sent Out

In the last week, more over half a million notifications were sent to NHS Covid-19 app users in England and Wales, informing them that they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

In the seven days leading up to July 7, 530,126 alerts were received, with 520,194 in England and 9,932 in Wales.

This represents a 46% increase over the previous week and the largest seven-day total since the data was first published in January.

The figures come as concerns that factories are on the danger of closing due to staff shortages caused by people being forced to isolate themselves.

Hundreds of people are off work at some locations, especially in the automotive sector, according to the Unite union, with warnings from the NHS app generating “havoc” on production lines.

The NHS Covid-19 app is only available in England and Wales, however Scotland and Northern Ireland have similar contact tracing apps.

Despite the increase in the number of users who were “pinged,” or received an alert instructing them to self-isolate, the app had more downloads in the week ending July 7 (342,483) than in any week since the week ending June 6 (393,842).

Other numbers released on Thursday revealed that nearly one in seven persons in England who have been moved to the Test and Trace system after testing positive for Covid-19 have not been contacted.

This is the greatest percentage since the middle in October of the previous year.

According to the Department of Health and Social Services, 13.7% of those moved to Test and Trace in the week ending July 7 were not reached.

This is the most it’s been since the week ending October 21, when it was 14.5%.

Anybody in England who tests positive for Covid-19, either by a rapid (LFD) test or a laboratory-based PCR test, is sent to Test and Trace, where their contacts can be tracked and notified.

In the last week, 86.1% of these folks were contacted.

In the week leading up to July 7, 194,005 people in England tested positive for Covid-19 at least once.

This is a 43% increase over the previous week, and it’s the most persons who have tested positive since the week of January 27.

The sharp increase in positive cases is due to the third wave of coronavirus, which is still spreading across the country.

According to the newest data, the Test and Trace system is under stress equivalent to that experienced during the virus’s second wave last winter.

On the week ending July 7, just under two-thirds (63.0%) of people in England who were tested for Covid-19 at a regional site, local site, or mobile testing unit – a so-called “in-person” test – had their results within 24 hours.

This is down from 76.9% the week before and the lowest proportion since January 13th.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that all in-person test results would be available within 24 hours by the end of June 2020.

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