Test and Trace must improve but the public needs to keep playing its part
29 July 2021
- The latest NHS Test and Trace data shows one in five people reported carrying out at least one activity during self-isolation that didn't follow the guidelines.
- 307,758 positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded between 15 July to 21 July, which is an increase of 18% on the previous week.
- 96% of positive cases were transferred into the system, with 14.1% not reached and for all Pillar 2 routes combined, 63.7% were returned within 24 hours.
Responding to the latest figures from NHS Test and Trace, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said:
"It is concerning that the latest data from Test and Trace found one in five people who tested positive for COVID-19 carried out at least one activity during self-isolation that didn’t comply with the guidelines.
"Understandably, and with lockdown easing, more people will be socialising but it is important this is done safely. We would strongly urge people to follow the guidelines around self-isolation after testing positive with COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who has contracted the virus.
"While there has been a significant improvement in the number of positive cases being transferred into the Test and Trace system, it is worrying that more than 41,000 people were not reached. This week has also seen a slight drop in the number of in-person tests being received within 24 hours.
"NHS Test and Trace must continue to improve and play its part in bearing down on COVID-19.
"We know trusts across the country are operating under huge pressure and even a small increase in COVID-19 makes a big difference. We need everyone to play their part."