Number of positive Covid tests in England rises by 43% in week

Latest weekly figure of 9,864 is highest since test and trace began at end of May

The number of people in England who tested positive for coronavirus rose by 43% in a week, according to the latest test-and-trace figures, providing further evidence of a rise in infections.

The NHS statistics show 9,864 new people tested positive in the week ending 2 September, the highest weekly number since test and trace was launched at the end of May.

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