Covid-19: Is local contact tracing the answer?

Gareth Iacobucci
2020 The BMJ (British Medical Journal)  
Last week, the government announced a major shift in its approach to covid-19 contact tracing in England, by giving local council public health teams more responsibility and shrinking the national Test and Trace scheme. The significant u turn came as the national scheme continues to fall short of reaching the 80% of contacts of people who test positive that experts believe is needed for controls to be effective. Last week, only 61% of the 12 731 contacts identified by staff at national call
more » ... res were reached and asked to quarantine. 1 The national NHS Test and Trace programme, run by private companies Serco and Sitel, was launched amid much fanfare on 28 May, but has been beset with problems, including the shelving of a digital app and reports that contact tracers have had no work to do. 2 Peterborough received around £1m from the government in June to support contact tracing, but Robin said that this grant "is unlikely to be sufficient," if covid-19 infection rates go up in winter. "At the moment we 1 the bmj | BMJ 2020;370:m3248 | doi: 10.1136/bmj.m3248 NEWS The BMJ Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3248 http://dx.
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