Health Secretary Matt Hancock will give a coronavirus update in Parliament on Monday which is expected to address the NHS Test and Trace system which has descended into chaos amid lost cases.
An IT blunder has led to delays in efforts to reach thousands of people in contact with people who tested positive for Covid-19.
It has meant the weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases has soared in Liverpool, Merseyside and across England, following the addition of nearly 16,000 cases that had previously been unreported nationwide.
The addition of a huge batch of previously missing coronavirus tests results has seen Liverpool’s already huge infection rate rocket past the 400 per 100,000 mark.
Liverpool has the second highest rate in England, up from 287.1 to 456.4, with 2,273 new cases.
Knowsley is in third place, up from 300.3 to 452.1, with 682 new cases.
The other Liverpool City Region boroughs are also dealing with worrying infection rates.
St Helens has passed the 300 per 100,000 mark, while Sefton currently has an infection rate of 283, Halton’s is 280 and Wirral’s is now 209.
Manchester now has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days to October 1 – the equivalent of 495.6 cases per 100,000 people, up from 223.2 in the previous week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to address the failings in his Commons statement this afternoon.
A House of Commons spokesman said Mr Hancock was due to speak after a 3.30pm address from Kevan Jones, Labour MP for North Durham.
So Mr Hancock is set to speak around 4.15pm.
It is expected to be broadcast live on the major news channels and BBC Parliament and we will be bringing updates on our live feed.
Public Health England has admitted they missed counting 15,481 positive coronavirus cases going back to September 25 in the UK.
On Saturday the total number of infections across the UK jumped by a record 12,872 with PHE blaming a ‘technical issue’ which led to a delay in cases being added to the dashboard.
And yesterday the total increased by a further 22,961 with an additional 33 deaths.
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There are major fears about what this error may mean for the nation’s vital contact tracing process.
A note on the Government’s coronavirus data dashboard says that the issue has been “resolved” and PHE has said that “further robust measures have been put in place as a result”.