Test and Trace must continue to improve to help contain spike in COVID-19 cases
03 June 2021
- The latest NHS Test and Trace data shows 17,162 positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the most recent week of this data (20-26 May). This is up by 22% on the previous week.
- 4.56 million people were tested in the latest week, a 0.1% increase on the previous week.
- For all Pillar 2 routes combined, 92.2% were returned within 24 hours, and of those transferred into the system, 7.4% were not reached.
Responding to the latest figures from NHS Test and Trace, the director of policy and strategy of NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said:
"While it is positive to see slight improvements in the testing system, we are concerned by the spike in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
"Some of this rise will be linked to the Delta variant, serving as a reminder that we must continue to play our part and observe the rules on social contact. We urge everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.
"While the vaccination programme has been successful so far, there is still a risk from the new variants. NHS Test and Trace must play its part to contain this threat."