Nearly 16,000 corona cases have been lost due to a ‘glitch’ in the system. Public Health England (PHE) was supposedly using the computer programme Excel to record the results and here’s why they went missing.

Several reports, including those from The Guardian and The Daily Mail, say the mistake was caused when an Excel spreadsheet that was used to track confirmed cases of the virus exceeded its maximum file size. Therefore the data failed to update causing files to be lost.

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According to Sky News, The 15,841 “missing” cases were originally recorded between September 25th and October 2nd. Everyone who tested positive for corona was notified, but the failure to upload these cases to the national database meant anyone who came into contact with these individuals was not informed. This fault may have aided the spread of the virus as people who had been exposed to the virus continued to act as normal instead of isolating.

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16,000 corona cases lost due to ‘glitch’!

The so-called glitch was an error that altered the national total number of cases. It was not specified what actually went wrong however Public Health England (PHE), said over 15,841 cases had been left out.

A spokesperson for PHE told a  BBC News journalist: “Initial findings indicate that the issue was caused by the fact that some files containing positive test results exceeded their maximum file size, and they then failed to load into the central system because they couldn’t get through,” 

The spokesperson didn’t confirm whether Excel was the programme at fault but they did confirm that the problem is now resolved. It has now passed the details of the lost confirmed cases onto the UK’s contact tracers.

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