Weekly COVID-19 cases in England decline for first time since July

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Castle Rock School as he takes part in an introductory session on the pupil’s first day back to school, Coalville, Britain , August 26, 2020. Jack Hill / Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Some 6,115 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in England in the week to August 19, down 8% from the previous week and showing the first drop since the start of the July figures from the government test and trace operation showed on Thursday.

A higher total of 7,941 people were transferred to the contact tracing system during the week, in part due to an operational delay the week before.

Of those, 72.6% were contacted and asked to provide information about their contacts, up from 79.0% the week before, the government said.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; edited by Kate Holton

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