A technical bug in the UK COVID-19 test data system has been fixed and should not be repeated, Labor and Pension Minister Therese Coffey said on Monday.
The UK reported an increase in daily COVID-19 cases to a record 22,961 on Sunday after authorities said a technical problem had caused over 15,000 test results not to be translated into computer systems in a timely manner, including contact tracers.
“The bug has been found and fixed, and I’m sure the changes will be made immediately to make sure this type of problem doesn’t happen again,” Coffey told Times Radio.
Coffey told Sky News that Public Health England had identified and addressed the problem.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will keep Parliament informed of the mishap later Monday, she said.
News of the breakdown is likely to raise further doubts about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s treatment of the COVID-19 outbreak: his administration’s response has been viewed by political opponents as slow, ill-organized and confusing.
Johnson, who promised a “world‘s best” test-and-trace system, said there had been missteps but the government had experienced the biggest health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak.
The technical issue, identified on Friday and now resolved, resulted in 15,841 cases not being uploaded to reporting dashboards used by the National Health Service (NHS) contact tracking system. [nL8N2GV0WM]
“We are fully aware of the concern this may cause and further solid action has been taken as a result,” said Michael Brodie, interim chief executive of PHE.
The agency said all those affected had received their results on time and that those with positive results had been asked to self-isolate.
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