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NHS test and trace unable to reach almost 30% of people with COVID-19

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The government’s contact-tracing programme failed to reach almost 30% of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in England last week, the latest figures show.

Only 70% of the 6,923 people who tested positive for COVID-19 during the period were reached by NHS Test and Trace staff, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

This means that 2,054 people with the virus – and potentially thousands of their close contacts – could not be traced by the new system.

The fact that one in four people with the virus had not been reached since the launch was “surprising and worrying”, said Keith Neal, emeritus professor of the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham.

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Source: The Independent, 26 June 2020

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