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Covid UK news – live: Half of positive test results ‘not being reported’ as US cases pass 10 million

Around half of the UK’s positive coronavirus test results are not being recorded, an infectious diseases expert has claimed.

Professor Mark Woolhouse, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said this error means attempts to control the virus are being carried out “with one hand behind our back”.

Prof Woolhouse, who sits on a sub-group of Sage and is a member of the Scottish government’s Covid-19 advisory group, made the comments on BBC Scotland’s Seven Days programme.

Speaking about the mass-testing scheme currently being piloted in Liverpool, Prof Woolhouse said this was an attempt to remedy the mass issue of underreported cases. “The problem that testing pilot scheme is trying to solve is that we’re still not finding about half of the Covid cases in Scotland or in the UK more generally,” he said, before adding: “That’s a very high proportion.” 

Meanwhile, in the US, coronavirus cases have officially surpassed 10 million cases, the latest data shows.

The count by NBC News shows the grim milestone was reached as the number of cases globally hit 50 million.

There have now been more than 239,000 officially recorded deaths in the US with more than 1 million confirmed cases of the virus being reported in the last 10 days.

The nation’s seven-day average exceeds 100,000, with at least four consecutive days within the last week in which the US broke its own record for daily cases.

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Sam Hancock9 November 2020 07:32