New Test and Trace rules will force EVERY pub-goer to sign in when venues reopen

New Test and Trace rules forcing every pub-goer in a group to sign in when entering have been blasted by trade bodies. The rules force all over-16s to check in to the NHS Test and Trace app or give their details to staff before going into pubs, cafés or restaurants when they reopen on April … Read more

Covid-19 UK: Minister admits £37billion Test and Trace is ‘not perfect’

No10 today leapt to the defence of Test and Trace after another study poked holes in the flawed £37billion system.   Apprenticeships and Skills minister Gillian Keegan admitted the programme was ‘not perfect’ and relied on people ‘doing the right thing’. But she dismissed criticisms of the contact-tracing regime, arguing it was ‘certainly a very effective system’ … Read more

Just one in five with symptoms ask for screening: More fears over effectiveness of test and trace

Just one in five with Covid symptoms ask for a test and more than half fail to self-isolate, study suggests Only 52% could identify coronavirus symptoms of cough, fever and loss of smell   Scientists found 18% of those with symptoms had requested a test   Only 43% of people with symptoms followed full self-isolation guidelines   By … Read more

Covid cases in England fell by 6% last week, Test and Trace data reveals

Covid cases in England fell by 6% last week despite 400,000 extra tests being carried out, Test and Trace data reveals Coronavirus testing in England surged by 7% last week as millions of children were swabbed at school Covid cases continued to plummet for the tenth week in a row to the lowest seen since … Read more

Covid cases fell by 13% in England last week to 39,000, Test and Trace figures show

Covid cases fell by 14% in England last week to 39,000 even though number of swabs carried out almost DOUBLED to 5.8million, Test and Trace figures show Data for the week ending March 10 show the number of positive Covid cases tested in England fall to 39,118  The decline came despite the number of tests … Read more

Up to 8,000 contact tracers are to be axed by Test and Trace

Up to 8,000 contact tracers are to be axed by Test and Trace because there are too few coronavirus cases being transferred to the system. The cut was revealed in a leaked internal email sent to the 22,000-strong workforce, which said the service needed to de-escalate from its winter high. Emma Moore, a senior T&T … Read more

Serco slams false Labour claims over Test & Trace

As outsourcer is accused of bagging £37bn from controversial scheme to tackle Covid, Serco slams false Labour claims over Test & Trace Jeremy Corbyn and leading Labour MPs wrongly suggested it had bagged £37billion from the scheme  The outsourcing group has faced criticism over the controversial programme   The firm said it had been awarded contracts … Read more

Transport Secretary claims Covid would be a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without £22billion Test & Trace

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed Britain’s Covid crisis would’ve been a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without the Government’s extortionate contact tracing scheme. Mr Shapps attempted to defend the £22billion Test and Trace programme after a damning cross-party report found it had ‘no measurable effect’ on the epidemic. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said there … Read more

Transport Secretary claims Covid would be a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without £22billion Test & Trace

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed Britain’s Covid crisis would’ve been a ‘heck of a lot worse’ without the Government’s extortionate contact tracing scheme. Mr Shapps attempted to defend the £22billion Test and Trace programme after a damning cross-party report found it had ‘no measurable effect’ on the epidemic. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said there … Read more

Cross-party MPs say there is no evidence of £22 BILLION Test and Trace scheme’s effectiveness

There is ‘no clear evidence’ Britain’s £22 billion Test and Trace scheme contributed to a reduction in coronavirus infection levels, a cross-party group of MPs have said. On Wednesday, the British parliament’s Public Accounts Committee decried the ‘unimaginable’ costs of the programme, saying the system has not yet proven its worth as there is little evidence of … Read more