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Local Contact Tracing System Only Half Way There

Local Contact Tracing System Only Half Way There

Published by Matthew Pells at 1:01pm 3rd June 2020.

The Chair of North Yorkshire's local resilience forum says we are only half way to having a fully working track and trace system for COVID-19.

The Government launched their national track and trace system last Thursday with the aim of finding people who may have come in to contact with someone infected with coronavirus.

Richard Flinton says it will be a couple of weeks before all the local elements of the system are in place.


Richard says they are still putting local teams in place who will be able to interact with the national systems and respond locally to any reported cases of COVID-19. He says they will be paying particular attention to Schools, Care Homes and Factories.


A total of 25,000 contact tracers have been recruited for the national programme, which sees people who test positive for the coronavirus provide details of their close contacts.

They are then told to self-isolate in order to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.

Yesterday the health secretary, Matt Hancock, told the daily COVID-19 briefing that the "vast majority" of new cases of the coronavirus have been contacted since the system was launched last week - but he could not give a specific figure.

He said,

"I'm very glad to report that those who are asked to isolate by the contact tracers are expressing the willingness to do so and we track that very carefully.

The level of incidence of disease has come down and so actually we have more capacity than we need, this is a good thing."

Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said

"Transparency is crucial to building public confidence.

A successful functioning test, trace and isolate regime is vital for safe easing of lockdown.

But the health secretary failed yet again to reveal the numbers of people actually tested nor could he tell us how many contacts have been traced so far despite boasting that the test and trace system was now 'up and running' and 'successful'."


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