Data that could stop new Covid-19 waves in England being withheld, say councils

Exclusive: local leaders say they are not getting test results needed to prevent fresh outbreaks

Crucial data that could help prevent fresh local waves of coronavirus is being withheld from some of the places most in danger of further lockdowns, the Guardian has been told.

Council leaders said on Wednesday they were either not getting test results needed to prevent new outbreaks, or the results were incomplete and without sufficient detail to allow them to quell local surges in infection.

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