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Britain’s top antitrust enforcer laid out plans for a new regulator, saying the largest tech companies would face scrutiny for any transaction, no matter how small.

Andrea Coscelli, who leads the Competition and Markets Authority, said he wanted to see a “special parallel regime” for the tech giants that have strategic market status. The new program could also apply a stricter test before clearing any deal, Coscelli said in a speech delivered remotely to a New York conference.

The CMA is increasingly voicing concerns about internet giants swallowing up smaller firms and the new system would automatically have oversight of deals like Facebook Inc.’s purchase of Giphy. The renewed effort to roll back the dominance of these companies comes as the U.K.’s departure from the European Union gives the CMA leeway to devise new approaches to antitrust.

“For me, the case for regulation is

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Current figures show that, for each person who tests positive, tracers find three others who have been in close contact and who might be infected, amounting, in this case, to 47,523.

Research by Imperial College London shows that 20 per cent of people who have been in close contact with an infected person are infected, which would suggest around 10,000 contacts of the original cases may now have contracted the virus.

Old format caused spreadsheet glitch

The problem arose with a centralised spreadsheet created to automatically collect data logged by private companies carrying out swab tests, so results could then be fed into the Test and Trace system as well as into Government dashboards showing infection rates.

However, PHE used an old format for the spreadsheet, which could only record 65,000 rows of data, when modern versions can record millions. 

Because each positive test created multiple rows of data, the

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Nearly 16,000 Coronavirus Cases Were Missed From The UK's Tally After A Computer Glitch

The blunder has hampered efforts to contact those who may have been exposed to the virus


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A “technical glitch” in England’s test and trace system has resulted in major delays in handing over the details of almost 16,000 positive cases to contact tracers.

Public Health England said 15,841 positive tests carried out between 25 September and 2 October had been added to the UK’s daily case totals over the weekend after a computer glitch meant they were not recorded on time.

The blunder saw the UK’s positive case figures soar after the backlog was finally added to the official tally, with 12,872 cases recorded on Saturday and a further 22,961 on Sunday.

PHE insisted all those who had been tested during the period had recieved their results as normal, with those testing positive for the virus being asked to self-isolate.

But

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