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New interactive map tells you how many coronavirus infections in YOUR postcode

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THIS new interactive map reveals how many people have tested positive for coronavirus in your postcode.

People in England will be able to use the Government tool to look up Covid-19 data for their local area.

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The figures, for England, will be published weekly at first with the aim of updating them daily.

Officials say homes of individuals with coronavirus will not be identifiable from the data.

Public health professionals across each region will also be given positive test data and contact tracing figures every day.

Test and trace

It comes as the proportion of people receiving results from “in-person” Covid tests within 24 hours has fallen week-on-week.

Some 87.7 per cent of people received the result within 24 hours in the week ending July 8, down slightly from 90.7 per cent in the week ending July 1, new NHS Test and Trace data for England shows.

Boris Johnson last month pledged to get the results of all in-person tests – which are carried out at regional or mobile testing units – back within 24 hours by the end of June.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons on June 3 he would get “all tests turned around within 24 hours by the end of the month, except for difficulties with postal tests or insuperable problems like that”.

Some 3.3 per cent of people who took a Covid-19 test using a home test kit in the week ending July 8 received their result within 24 hours – up slightly on the previous week (1.8 per cent).

Turnaround times for home tests can depend on when people send their kit back for analysis.

A total of 67.8 per cent of people received their result between 24 and 48 hours after taking the test, down slightly on the previous week (68.8 per cent).

Contact tracing

Since the launch of Test and Trace, 155,889 close contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 have been reached through the tracing system and asked to self-isolate.

This is 84.1 per cent out of a total of 185,401 people identified as close contacts.

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The remaining 29,512 people (15.9 per cent) were identified as close contacts, but were not reached.

However, week on week, the percentage of close contacts reached and asked to self-isolate has been falling.

Some 71.1 per cent were reached in the week ending July 8, down from 71.6 per cent the week before and 90.8 per cent in the first week of NHS Test and Trace.

Executive chairwoman of NHS Test and Trace Dido Harding, said: “Each week there have been sustained improvements in NHS Test and Trace to reach more people and help stop those who may have been in contact with the virus unknowingly passing it on.

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“We have made testing and tracing quicker and more accessible, and we remain committed to develop the service further over the coming months.”

The Government has said a team based in Newcastle, including NHS clinical contact tracers, are working closely with behavioural scientists to find new ways to engage the public in Test and Trace.

Forcing people to comply with the system has been ruled out for now.

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