LGA responds to latest Test and Trace service figures

"Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders."


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Responding to the publication of the NHS Test and Trace service figures for the period 11-17 June 2020, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“We all need to do whatever is possible to get this pandemic under control. It is good that the NHS Test and Trace scheme is up and running and vital that the system works as planned and that the majority of people continue to do their civic duty and share their contacts.

“Today’s figures show the service has not yet been able to reach a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19, whose contact details were unavailable or incorrect or where there has been no response to text, email and call reminders.

“This is concerning and councils remain ready to work with the Government so they can use their experience and expertise to help contact and trace these people. Those testing positive for the virus have a responsibility to help halt its transmission and protect those most at risk, including older people and those who are most vulnerable.

“It is good that more data is being shared with councils’ Directors of Public Health, which will help in our collective efforts. With the right powers, flexibilities, data and long-term funding, councils can maximise their capabilities, skills and experience, to help ensure the programme is run effectively and is sustainable.”