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Coronavirus Daily: Health Secretary calls on people to do their 'civic duty' with test and trace system




Figures from the government's test and trace programme have revealed that 31,794 close contacts of people with coronavirus were identified during the first week of it being launched in England.

The system is being used to identify people who have been in contact with those who have tested positive for coronavirus, to get them all to self-isolate and help stop the spread of the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Testing for the virus and tracing how it spreads is critical to containing it locally, so that we can ease the national lockdown.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (36513939)
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (36513939)

"By isolating the virus, we can control it and we can stop it spreading through our communities."

The figures, from May 28 to June 3, showed that 8,117 had tested positive for the virus and 5,407 - 67 per cent of those people - gave details of those they have been in close contact with.

Of those close contacts, 85 per cent were reached by the 25,000 contact tracers who have been taken on to man the system, and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

That means 4,809 people were unable to be reached for various reasons.

Baroness Dido Harding, who runs NHS Test and Trace in England, said: "Given that these are very early days, this is encouraging, it means the vast majority of people are responding positively, sharing information and self-isolating.

"We know there are further improvements to make to the system."

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had three new daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,217, with Suffolk reporting only one case for the second day running, with a total of 1,544 so far.

The UK's daily confirmed cases have seen a rise- from 1,003 the previous day to 1,266, with the overall count of cases in the UK so far at 291,409.

Daily deaths though saw a drop from 245 to 151.



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