Daily coronavirus total soars to 22,961 as Public Health England admit missing 15,481 cases from official stats

UK coronavirus cases have increased by 22,961 as Public Health England have admitted they missed out counting 15,481 positive infections from their official stats.

Today's figure is artificially high because the increase in cases are including Covid-19 cases from the last week.

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The total number of lab-confirmed cases has now passed 500,000 since the outbreak began, according to the Government's dashboard.

PHE have admitted they missed out on counting the positive cases going back to September 25.

However, a majority of the positive cases were from recent days.

It comes after yesterday's sharp rise of 12,872 new cases were blamed on a "technical issue".

Interim Chief Executive of PHE Michael Brodie said: " A technical issue was identified overnight on Friday 2 October in the data load process that transfers Covid-19 positive lab results into reporting dashboards.

"After rapid investigation, we have identified that 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were not included in the reported daily Covid-19 cases.

"The majority of these cases occurred in most recent days.

“Every one of these cases received their COVID-19 test result as normal and all those who tested positive who were advised to self-isolate.

“NHS Test and Trace and PHE have worked to quickly resolve the issue and transferred all outstanding cases immediately into the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing system and I would like to thank contact tracing and health protection colleagues for their additional efforts over the weekend.

“We fully understand the concern this may cause and further robust measures have been put in place as a result.”

# of cases not included in the daily figures

PHE provided a breakdown of the cases left out

  • 957 cases on September 25, when the original figure given was 6,874
  • 744 on September 26, when the original figure given was 6,042
  • 757 on September 27, when the original figure given was 5,693
  • none on September 28, when the original figure given was 4,044
  • 1,415 on September 29, when the original figure given was 7,143
  • 3,049 on September 30, when the original figure given was 7,108
  • 4,133 on October 1, when the original figure given was 6,914
  • 4,786 on October 2, when the original figure given was 6,968

Today, another 33 deaths were confirmed.

It means 502,978 have now tested positive for the bug in total and 42,350 have died.

Today's rise is larger than yesterday's, when the number of new infectionsin the UK nearly doubled the previous daily record.

Yesterday, the sharp rise included the number of infections previously missed due to a "technical issue" going back to September 24.

And a chart pulled together using government statistics reveals October 3's figure was boosted by thousands of delayed positive results.

Asked about the issue on the BBC's Andrew Marr show this morning, Boris Johnson said the "failure in the counting system has now been rectified."

He described it as a "computing issue".

The PM added that all people who had a positive result have now been informed.

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In England, a further 28 deaths were confirmed today, bringing the total number of Covid fatalities in English hospitals to 30,166.

The patients, who died between October 1 and October 3, were aged between 69 and 94 – and all had underlying health conditions.

No more deaths were recorded in Scotland or Wales, leaving the countries' respective tallies at 2,530 and 1,630.

One more death was confirmed in Northern Ireland, raising the grim figure there to 584.

Meanwhile, Wales reported another 432 cases of the bug today while Scotland logged 758 more infections.

'BUMPY CHRISTMAS'

It comes Boris Johnson warned of a "bumpy Christmas" but said the nation will be in a different place by spring.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "In the course of the next few weeks the scientific equation will change.

"We'll start to see progress on vaccines and testing that will allow us to change the way we do things."

The Prime Minister said he "appreciated the fatigue" locked down Brits are currently facing and acknowledged "they are furious with me and furious with the government".

The PM went on to preempt the situation next year, suggesting the nation will be better equipped to face the virus as the months go on.

He said the government were working "flat out" to try to make things easier for Brits by Christmas.

"It is still very possible that there are bumpy, bumpy days ahead," he warned.

"It could be a very tough winter for all of us but by the spring, things will be radically different and we'll be in a different world.

"There are different treatments now available that weren't a few months ago and that's changed the equation."

The PM also defended the country's 10pm pub curfew today – blaming those who choose to "hobnob" outside pubs after hours for chaotic scenes in city centres at closing time.

The Prime Minister told Andrew Marr: "People just need to follow the guidance.

"Obviously it makes no sense if, having followed the guidance for all the time in the pub they then pour out into the street and hobnob in such a way as to spread the virus."

Asked what scientific evidence there was for a 10pm cut-off he said: "One of the things that has been put to us is that by curtailing the hours you can reduce the transmission."

He also insisted the government's current strategy is "the only way to do it" and said tens of thousands more lives would be lost if there were no lockdowns.

He added: "No one has come up with any better suggestions that I'm aware of."

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