Thursday 6 August 2020 / 1:20 PM Coronavirus / Justin Madders

Huge holes in the contact tracing system – Justin Madders

Justin Madders, Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the latest statistics on test and trace, said:

“It’s deeply concerning that the numbers are heading in the wrong direction again this week, with so many of the close contacts of people who have tested positive, and over 40 per cent of people in the same households, not being reached.

“We now need a plan of action from Ministers that sets out what they are doing to address these huge holes in the contact tracing system.

“If this means supporting local areas to establish their own local contact tracing systems and ending the failed contract with Serco – as Labour has been calling for, for some time – then Ministers must get on and implement this without delay. We urgently need to get test and trace back on track.”

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Notes to editors:

  • For those in the same household as someone who has tested positive in a non-complex case, almost half (47 per cent) have not been reached so far, and 42.8 per cent of people were not reached in the latest week. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-23-july-to-29-july-2020