One in FIVE Covid-19 patients are still not approached by NHS Test and Trace – despite the scheme being launched nearly two months ago
NHS Test and Trace still fails to find more than a fifth of patients who test positive for Covid-19 despite its launch nearly two months ago, shocking data revealed today.
Of the 3,579 Covid-19 patients in England who referred to the contact tracking program between July 2 and July 8, only 2,815 were actually detected (78.7 percent).
In total, 618 people with the disease were not available at all to the tracers – who call, text, and email someone 10 times a day to reach them.
And communication details were not provided for another 146 Covid-19 patients, so their close contacts will also have disappeared under the radar.
Scientists have warned that contact detection programs must catch at least 80 percent of infections to keep the epidemic at bay.
It means that the government is still meeting the bare minimum target despite the program being launched on May 28 almost 50 days ago.
The news comes when scientists behind a coronavirus symptom tracking app warned that the outbreak could start to grow again.
Of the 3,579 Covid-19 patients in England who referred to the contact tracking program between July 2 and July 8, only 2,815 were actually detected (78.7 percent). In total, 618 people with the disease were not available at all to the tracers – who call, text, and email someone 10 times a day to reach them. And communication details were not provided for a further 146 Covid-19 patients
King’s College London’s COVID Symptom Tracker app estimates that 2,100 people contract the virus every day in the community – compared to 1,400 last week.
The increase is too small to say definitively that the outbreak is growing again. But the scientists confirmed that the cases of bankruptcy had “leveled off completely.”
Today’s Test and Trace report, released by the Department of Health, also found that of the 3,579 patients detected, three in ten did not hand close contact at all.
Some of these people would have flatly refused to provide information about their friends and family. But others could not give details because they had only come into contact with complete strangers, such as on the bus.
A total of 34,990 people who tested positive for coronavirus have been referred to contact tracers since the system was launched.
But only 26,742 (76.4 percent) were reached and were asked to provide details of their recent close contacts.
It means 8,248 Covid-19 patients have been missed and therefore thousands of their close contacts may have unwittingly spread the disease.
Today’s figures also show that only 3 percent of people who take a coronavirus test at home achieve results within 24 hours.
Of the 73,492 home tests submitted to the British in the past week, only 2,437 of them were returned and processed within a day.
And only half (50.6 percent) of people cleaned in test centers or drive-through stations still wait more than 24 hours for a diagnosis.
Boris Johnson promised to reverse every coronavirus test within 24 hours by the end of June, as the government is not meeting its own targets again.