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Almost 8,000 Missed U.K. Covid Cases Not Yet Reached by Tracers

  • Investigation launched as 15,851 positive tests not counted
  • Hancock says government working urgently to contact cases
The 'NHS COVID-19' contract tracing app. 

The 'NHS COVID-19' contract tracing app. 

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Almost 8,000 people whose positive coronavirus tests were left off official records due to “technical issues” had still not been contacted by the U.K.’s test-and-trace program on Monday.

It means the government remains unaware of potentially tens of thousands of people who have unknowingly come into close contact with people carrying Covid-19, raising fears that the computer error- -- which authorities became aware of late Friday -- may have led to many more infections.