Calderdale sees big jump in coronavirus cases following data error

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Calderdale jumped by 212 over the weekend, as official figures across the UK were revised up by thousands due to a data error.

By Abigail Kellett
Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 9:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 10:26 am

Public Health England figures show that 2,028 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (October 5) in Calderdale, up from 1,816 the same time on Friday.

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Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 48,425 over the period to 515,571, following the addition of nearly 16,000 cases that went unreported because of problems in handling an Excel spreadsheet.

PHE said that the error resulted in 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2 being left out of the reported daily coronavirus cases.

Calderdale's cases were among the 59,231 recorded across Yorkshire and The Humber, a figure which rose by 7,559 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.