England Covid cases error: unknown how many contacts not traced, says minister

‘Shambolic’ failure resulted in 15,841 cases not reported for over a week

The government is unaware of how many potentially infectious contacts of coronavirus patients were not traced after it was revealed that nearly 16,000 Covid cases went unreported in England, a minister has said.

“I’m afraid I just don’t have that information,” Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, told BBC1’s Breakfast programme.

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