The NHS test-and-trace system is failing to trace the contacts of at least 60 per cent of people who test positive for coronavirus, new figures suggest.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said on
Sam Coates SkyTimes - Leaked figs cast doubt on test and trace success rate
- Only 1,831 of 4,456 (40%) of newly infected patients became part of contact tracing system AND handed over contacts
- The 1,831 people named 4,634 close contacts. 1/3 of these traced
Boris Johnson’s hopes of downgrading the virus alert level last week were resisted by the chief medical officer for England.The prime minister had wanted to announce that the five-stage alert level
Sam Coates SkyChris Whitty thwarted PM’s bid to downgrade coronavirus threat level
Scoop by @elliotttimes @LOS_Fisher reveals
- CMO blocked level downgrade
- setting alert level is 3rd order priority for new Joint Biosecurity Centre
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has "expressed his regrets" at tweeting in support of the prime minister's government adviser Dominic Cummings after it was revealed the the adviser travelled from London to Durham contrary to government guidance on lockdown.
Sam Coates SkyWhen I said “I support Dominic Cummings” what I meant was....
Select committee chair and Harlow Tory MP Robert Halfon "regrets writing tweet" over PM adviser Dominic Cummings - Exclusive in Your Harlow
Everyone who has been in close contact with a person confirmed to have Covid-19 will be told to isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms, under government contact-tracing plans.Ministers are
Sam Coates SkySo a contact tracer phones you up, and tells you that someone infected they cannot name might have been near you.
And you and your household must then isolate for 14 days.
And asks for the mobile numbers of everyone you’ve met
Employees told to consult YouTube for advice on how to deal with a bereaved person
Sam Coates SkyContract tracing is very very hard and needs to be done to a very high standard, Sage is warning
Then ... this:
‘No one had any idea': Contact tracers lack knowledge about Covid-19 job
Coronavirus has taken care homes by storm, killing thousands within weeks. The NHS was bolstered in order to keep it afloat. Were care homes left to fend for...
Sam Coates SkyThis is a documentary about what happened in care homes after Coronavirus hit by @NickMartinSKY
It is astonishingly good.
It takes a step back, and sets out with clear evidence what the government did and didn’t do, and did too slowly
Angela Merkel appealed to Germans to maintain social distancing and continue to wear masks after thousands of people flouted rules over the weekend and the infection rate started to rise.The
Sam Coates SkyGerman R rate
-Why don’t we get it publicly announced daily here?
-Why do we have to rely on a range (0.5-0.9) rather than a number (or is German specificity misleading?)
-Is it because 100,000 tests aren’t enough?
Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 March and 17 April 2020 in England and Wales. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level...
Sam Coates SkyNEW:
ONS concludes people living in more deprived areas have seen COVID-19 mortality rates more than double those in less deprived areas
General mortality rates normally higher in more deprived areas, but COVID-19 appears to be taking them higher still