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Huge questions for UK government after virus cases triple in days

The British government faced huge questions on Monday over its coronavirus testing system after a big increase in the number of positive cases over the weekend that was blamed on a technical glitch. The main opposition Labour Party has asked the government why the cases were not tabulated when they should have been.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to make a statement to lawmakers later Monday. Public health officials revealed on Sunday that 15,841 virus cases were not tabulated from September 25 to October 2. While all of those who tested positive were informed of the results, authorities were not able to trace and notify the people they had come in contact with, Public Health England said.

The government said the technical issue was discovered on Friday night and has now been resolved. The previously unreported cases were added to the government’s daily figures over the weekend, boosting new cases to 12,872 on Saturday and 22,961 on Sunday. That compares with about 7,000 cases on each of the previous four days. – PTI