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Computer glitch causes underreporting of 16,000 COVID-19 infections in UK

The incident involved an Excel spreadsheet that recorded laboratory results.

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The UK's National Health Service (NHS) "lost" data on 16,000 cases of COVID-19 due to a "computer glitch." As a result of the incident, thousands of potential contacts with the infected were not tracked.

The incident involved an Excel spreadsheet that recorded laboratory results. As it turned out, the table ran out of space, and it stopped updating. As a result, 15,841 cases of infections recorded from September 25 to October 2 were not added to the state accounting table.

The loss of data not only distorted the true picture of the scale of the epidemic in the UK, but also meant that critical information was not passed on to contact tracing tools and people who were exposed to the virus were not tracked.

In connection with the incident, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock intends to hold an emergency meeting with the participation of city leaders, writes the Daily Mail.

At the moment, a technical problem that led to the fact that data on 16 thousand infections were not taken into account was solved by splitting the Excel files into parts.


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