Close contacts of many of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.K were not traced due to a technical glitch in an MS Excel data file.
Public Health England(PHE) claimed that the issue was immediately identified, fixed, and the outstanding data was sent over to tracers. However, the Health Secretary, while addressing the MP's said that the issue was not yet resolved and that tracers were able to reach only 51% of the close contacts whose data was missing.
The opposition Labor party stated that such incidents of missing results were putting lives in danger.
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