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Latest coronavirus figures show that the recent spike in Coronavirus cases in England has continued through September, with infection rates rising to 9,600 a day according to the Office for National Statistics.
ONS figures released on Friday, September 25, show that new cases of Covid-19 in England shot up to around 9,600 per day in the latest week to September 19 – up from around 6,000 per day during the previous week.
The news comes on the same day that London was added to the national coronavirus 'watch list' as cases spiked across the capital.
And, on Thursday, the government's daily Covid-19 figures recorded the highest single daily increase in coronavirus cases as 6,634 new infections, and 40 more deaths, were confirmed.
The ONS conducts its own Covid-19 survey across the country to gather its data, which is why numbers are higher than the government's official figures.
And Imperial College researchers believe at one point more than 100,000 people were contracting the virus every day.
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Consistent testing didn't kick off until May so most initial cases would have been missed at the time.
Even now it's estimated that testing only picks up on approximately one third of all current infections.
One of the country's top scientists recently claimed that coronavirus testing in the UK is "dying on its a***" as labs failing to keep up with demand.
Dr Phil Robinson, a genomics expert and inventor who visited the labs, says "every part of the process was poor" – as thousands of Brits struggle to book themselves a test locally.
He has now slammed the chaotic system, saying processes should be standardised for maximum efficiency.
Dr Robinson told the Times: "Testing is dying on its a*** because schools are going back and here we are again.
"They haven't used that period of lockdown to implement automation."
He says that labs are overwhelmed with thousands of packages each day, with staff working in a buddy system to check each stage of workings.
Dr Robinson said: "Even with two people, with the best in the business, they make mistakes.
"Every part of the process was poor. The other ludicrous issue they have is they have 20 different types of tube coming into the lab.
"When you are running a high throughput lab it's only sensible to have one. Why they haven't standardised that I have no idea."
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