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NHS Test And Trace Reports Worst Contact Tracing Figures Since It Launched

Written by on September 10, 2020

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NHS Test And Trace Reports Worst Contact Tracing Figures Since It Launched


NHS Test And Trace Reports Worst Contact Tracing Figures Since It Launched

Boris Johnson’s hopes of a “moonshot” mass testing for Covid-19 have suffered a fresh blow after his flagship NHS Test and Trace programme posted its worst ever figures for contact tracing.

The PM’s independent scientific advisers have repeatedly warned that stopping the spread of the disease requires more than 80% of “close contacts” of people with Covid reached by the system to be identified and then told to self-isolate.

But figures for the latest weekly update show that just 69.2% of those “close contacts” – defined as being within two metres of a Covid carrier for more than 15 minutes – are actually being reached.

The statistics, for the week between August 28 and September 2 show a slight fall on the 69.4% of the previous week – but are the lowest weekly percentage since the service launched in May.

On Wednesday, the prime minister pinned his hopes for a return to normality in the UK on a “moonshot” plan to get millions of instant tests to the public for daily updates on their Covid status.

Under his proposal, which has been met with heavy scepticism by even his chief scientific adviser, those who test negative would then be free to go to work, the theatre or sports events.

With the public facing lengthy delays and an acute shortage of local testing availability, critics have suggested the government focuses its time and money instead on improving NHS Test and Trace.

Many people who tried to access a test on Wednesday were met with an error message telling them to try again, and warning them not call the helplines.

And on Tuesday, Sarah Jane Marsh, the service’s director of testing, apologised to people who were unable to get a test.

NHS Test and Trace chief Dido Harding has not made a public comment for a week.

There was better news for the government on turnaround times for tests, with a rise in the percentage of in-person tests (at mobile and regional test centres) results received within 24 hours.

The figure went up to 61.9% compared to 53.3% in the previous week. but it is a long way short of the 100% that Johnson set as a target by the end of June.

He told the House of Commons on June 3 he would get “all tests turned around within 24 hours by the end of June, except for difficulties with postal tests or insuperable problems like that”.

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