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A government minister has defended a technical glitch that caused almost 16,000 coronavirus cases to go unreported by saying: “We can’t change history.”
Public Health England (PHE) said 15,841 daily COVID-19 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of UK tallies.
It has caused a delay in tracking the contacts of people who tested positive.
But on Monday, work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey insisted: “Largely, test and trace is working very well.”
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m conscious something has gone wrong – we can’t change history, we can only change the future.”