English weekly COVID cases up 23% but contacts traced still at record lows

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolton
FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolton

LONDON (Reuters) - Positive COVID-19 cases in England are up 23% on the previous week, statistics published by the country's test and trace scheme on Thursday showed, with the proportion of contacts of the cases reached languishing near record lows.

Of the 284,701 contacts of positive COVID-19 cases identified in latest week, 60.3% were reached and asked to self isolate, similar to the record low proportion of 59.6% the previous week.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)