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More than 300k infected in a week in highest total yet

A RECORD 311,372 people tested positive for Covid in one week in England, the latest Test and Trace figures reveal.

The total for the seven days to December 30 was 24 per cent more than in the period before, and was the highest weekly total since the scheme began in May.

Of the 269,886 people transferred to Test and Trace, 84.9 per cent were reached and gave details of contacts — a drop from 86.4 per cent the week before, and the lowest percentage since the end of October.

Meanwhile, pre-flight Covid-19 tests for passengers coming to the UK are set to be introduced to combat the ‘threat’ of new virus strains. Health minister Lord Bethell admitted international travel ‘continues to be’ a source of infection for Britain.

He told the Lords: ‘The prospect of the South African variant, that is even more transmissible than the Kent variant, puts a spotlight on this threat to infection.

‘That is why we are working on processing new measures that will be introduced shortly to have pre-flight testing for travellers to Britain.’