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


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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