UK coronavirus cases rise by 12,594 and health bosses say it DOESN'T include previously missed infections

THE number of UK coronavirus cases rose by 12,594 today – and health bosses say the figure does not include previously missed infections.

The Department of Health confirmed today's rise reflects the most recent positive test results in Britain, after bungling health chiefs' missed thousands over the last week.

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It brings the total number of positive test results in the UK to 515,571.

Another 19 deaths were recorded, bringing the nation's overall Covid death toll to 42,369.

It comes after Public Health England admitted they had missed 15,841 cases from their official stats between September 25 and October 2.

The backlog led to an over inflated record high of 22,961 additional cases on Sunday.

It was reported that thousands of cases had failed to upload because a Public Health Excel spreadsheet had reached its maximum size.

But the Department of Health told the Sun Online the issue has now been resolved and the latest infection tally does not include any additional cases from previous days.

On Saturday, 12,872 new infections were recorded in the UK – it was a record high, but like Sunday's spike, was down to the previous backlog.

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The public health blunder means tens of thousands of people who should have been told to self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person are only now being made aware.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today was unable to say how many contacts of positive coronavirus had been missed as a result of the fiasco.

He told reporters in central London: "I can't give you those figures. What I can say is all those people are obviously being contacted and the key thing is that everybody, whether in this group or generally, should self-isolate."

The PM added: "What happened here was that some of the data got truncated and it was lost.

"But what they have done now is not only contacted all the people who were identified as having the disease – that was done in the first place – but they are now working through all the contacts as well.

"The key thing, I would say, and it goes for everybody, is that if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace then you must self-isolate, if you are told you have been in contact with somebody who has the virus. There is support of £500 for doing so and of course a £10,000 fine if you don't."

Today's rise in cases is the third day in a row the figure has risen above 12,000.

It follows a steady rise in infections last month along with a gradual rise in the number of patients being admitted to hospital.

The number of Covid patients on ventilators is also rising with 368 people currently in ventilator beds.

In England, a further 10 deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in English hospitals to 30,176.

The patients, who died between October 1 and October 3 were aged between 67 and 91 years old – and all but one had underlying health conditions.

No new deaths were recorded in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours, leaving the Covid death tolls in each of the countries at 2,530, 1,630 and 584 respectively.

Another 697 cases of the bug were recorded in Scotland and another 596 were recorded in Wales. 

It comes as hundreds of students catch the deadly bug, with Sheffield and Manchester universities reporting more than 854 cases.

It was revealed today that 474 students and five members of staff have tested positive at the University of Sheffield – with more than 380 cases at Manchester.

Manchester now has the highest rate of cases in England – in the seven days to October 1 it recorded 2,740 cases.

This equates to 495.6 cases per 100,000 people, up from 223.2 in the previous week.

Last week it was revealed that round 1,700 students in Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley campus and Cambridge Halls were told to self-isolate "with immediate effect" after freshers hosted parties.

Sheffield has also seen a sharp increase from 91.8 to 233.1, with 1,363 new cases – as youngsters from the university were seen out partying in the city.

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