Poppy Wood However, coronavirus-related deaths in the capital have dropped over the past few weeks, and remain at around a third of the level seen at the peak of the first wave. Of the 313,771 people found by the NHS Test and Trace app to have come into close contact with positive cases in the week to 11 November, 60.5 per cent were reached — close to the record low of 59.6 per cent achieved last month. Harding stressed that the contact tracing programme, which has cost the Treasury upwards of £12bn so far this year, was largely dependent on having a fully operational testing system, adding that Hunt was being “slightly pessimistic”. Coronavirus cases were up 11 per cent in the week to 11 November Also Read: Covid cases in England spike as rapid testing picks up pace Test and Trace reported 167,369 confirmed coronavirus cases between 5 November and 11 November, up 11 per cent on the previous week. Health and social care committee chair Jeremy Hunt pressured Harding to explain why only “three per cent of the total theoretical maximum” of people infected with coronavirus were self-isolating. Data released this week by the Office for National Statistics showed 952 deaths registered in London in the week ending 6 November, the same number as would be predicted based on the average for the past five years. Show Comments ▼ “It’s not identifying people’s close contacts or asking them to isolate quickly enough and it’s putting us all at risk.” More From Our Partners Connecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org It comes after the government last week rolled out rapid Covid testing centres across England as part of plans to ramp up asymptomatic testing. Thursday 19 November 2020 1:28 pm Coronavirus cases were up 11 per cent in the week to 11 November Also Read: Covid cases in England spike as rapid testing picks up pace But critics have been quick to point out that an effective contact tracing app is as important as rapid tests for any hopes to restore the country to normality. Pascale Robinson of the anti-privatisation campaign group We Own It said: “The privatised national test, track and trace system is failing on all counts. Lateral flow tests, which have a turnaround time of as little as 15 minutes, are now operating in 25 out of London’s 32 boroughs, as well as cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Tags: Coronavirus London saw an average of 2,534 new cases in the week to 11 November, up 21 per cent on the previous week. Covid cases in England spike as rapid testing picks up pace But the PM’s official spokesperson today reinstated ministers’ commitment to the app, saying: “We believe the achievements of Test and Trace since the beginning of the pandemic have been colossal. We’re testing more people per head of population than any other European country.” It comes after NHS Test and Trace boss Baroness Dido Harding was last week grilled by a Commons committee over the app’s low success rate. Coronavirus cases were up 11 per cent in the week to 11 November Coronavirus cases in England hiked 11 per cent in England last week, NHS Test and Trace said today, as the government rolled out rapid Covid tests across the country. whatsapp Share whatsapp The Prime Minister, who earlier this week tested negative for coronavirus after using one of the rapid tests, has said lateral flow testing is key to England’s lockdown exit strategy.