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Weekly cases of coronavirus in England decreased for the first time since July.

In England, 6,115 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in the week to August 19, a decrease of eight percent on the week before and showing the first decrease since the start of July, figures from the government’s test and trace operation showed on Thursday.

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A higher total of 7,941 people were transferred to the contact tracing system in the week, in part due to an operational delay in the prior week.

Public Health England also said the number of deaths from all causes in England in the week to August 23 showed no statistically significant excess.

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