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Proportion of contacts reached by English COVID-19 tracing scheme falls

LONDON (Reuters) - England’s test and trace scheme reached 71.3% of identified contacts of new COVID-19 cases in the latest week, Britain’s health ministry said on Thursday, a fall on the previous week.

In the week to August 12, 4,803 people were transferred to the test and trace system following a positive COVID-19 test, of whom 78.8% were reached and asked to provide contacts.

Of the 16,897 contacts identified, 71.3% were reached and asked to self isolate, down from 74.2% in the previous week.

Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by William James

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