Coronavirus: NHS Test and Trace sees highest cases since launch after nearly 150,000 weekly positive tests

A woman carrying an umbrella in Nottingham ahead of the region being moved into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on Thursday. The very high level of restrictions includes a ban on social mixing both indoors and in private gardens, pubs and bars closing unless they can operate as a restaurant, and residents are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK and they should avoid travel where possible in and out of the area, unless it is for work, education or caring responsibilities.

A total of 149,253 people tested positive for COVID-19 in England in the week to 4 November, an 8% increase on the previous week, the latest data from NHS Test and Trace shows.

The numbers are the highest since NHS Test and Trace was launched at the end of May and is an increase of 8% in positive cases on the previous week.

Some 60.4% of close contacts of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in England were reached through the system in the week ending 4 November, according to the latest figures.

This is up very slightly from 60.2% in the previous week and is also just above the all-time low of 60.1% for the week to 14 October.

For cases managed by local health protection teams, 99.1% of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate in the week to 4 November.

For cases managed either online or by call centres, 59.0% of close contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate.

Of the 141,804 people transferred to the test and trace system in the week to 4 November, 85.0% were reached and asked to provide details of recent close contacts.

This is the highest weekly percentage since NHS Test and Trace began, and is up from 84.1% in the previous week.

Some 13.2% of people transferred to Test and Trace in the week to 4 November were not reached while a further 1.9% did not provide any communication details.

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