Test and Trace system must be able to cope with spikes in cases

18 June 2021

Responding to the latest figures from NHS Test and Trace, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

"We are concerned that the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus has increased by 63% in the past week. This is the highest weekly percentage increase since March.

The Test and Trace system must be able to cope with increases in cases such as this. It is worrying that almost 7,000 people who tested positive were not transferred into the system and not everybody was reached. There has also been a slight decline in test turnaround times this week.

These improvements are key so that Test and Trace can play its part in containing the spread of the virus."

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