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Test And Trace Failed To Reach 40% Of Covid ‘Close Contacts’ In First Week Of New Lockdown

Written by on November 19, 2020

Article Published on Thursday November 19, 2020 12:05 PM by


Test And Trace Failed To Reach 40% Of Covid ‘Close Contacts’ In First Week Of New Lockdown


Boris Johnson’s Test and Trace service failed to reach nearly 40% of “close contacts” of people with Covid-19 in the first week of the November lockdown, new figures have revealed.

The controversial system reached just 60.5% of those identified as having been near someone who tested positive in England, according to the latest statistics for November 5 to November 11.

The figure is almost identical to the previous week, with a total of 123,886 “close contacts” not reached and therefore not told to self-isolate for the required 14 days.

Government advisers have consistently told the PM that an 80% contact rate is needed to make the entire service viable and break transmission of the virus and stop its spread.

The latest figure is the third worst on record, which after a new revision to the statistics is now calculated as 60.1% in the week to October 14.

The new figure means that since the system was launched in May, a total of 847,126 people have not been reached and have been potentially spreading the virus asymptomatically.

The four-week November lockdown has been designed not just to get the virus back under control but also to give time for the testing and tracing system to improve its performance.

But testing turnaround times are also well below what is expected, with 38.0% of people who were tested in England at a regional site, local site or mobile testing unit – a so-called “in-person” test – receiving their result within 24 hours.

This is up marginally from 37.5% in the previous week, but still well short of the 100% pledge Johnson had told MPs he would hit by the end of June.

A total of 167,369 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to November 11, according to the latest figures.

This is the highest weekly number since the service was launched and is an increase of 11% in positive cases on the previous week.

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