Test and Trace must improve to help contain rise in COVID-19 cases

08 July 2021

Responding to the latest figures from NHS Test and Trace, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

"It is concerning to see another rise in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, with today's figures showing an increase of 71% compared to the previous week.

"Despite a slight improvement in the number of positive cases being transferred into the system, it is worrying that 13,623 people were not reached by Test and Trace. This week also saw a drop in performance for test turnaround times within 24 hours.

"As we heard at today's Public Accounts Committee session, Test and Trace is one of many tools in our battle to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission. But the fact remains that we really need Test and Trace's performance to improve as COVID-19 infections continue to climb. This is even more important as we approach the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July."