By Rachael Grealish
Within its first week of being launched over 25,000 people have now been advised to self-isolate, official statistics confirm.
It was announced today, Thursday June 11, between the dates of May 28 and June 3, 8,117 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 67 percent provided details of people they had come into close contact with to the government scheme.
A total of 31,794 people were identified and of these 26,985 were reached and advised to self-isolate.
The statistics also show most people were reached and asked to provide information about who they’ve had contact with within 24 hours.
167 people, four percent, did wait longer than 72 hours to be contacted by those working with the government scheme.
Similar to the previous statistics, over three-quarters of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate within 24 hours of being identified and only one percent waited longer than 72 hours.
Baroness Dido Harding, head of the test and trace scheme, admitted today the scheme isn’t ‘at the gold standard we want to be’. She also added: ‘Is it completely perfect? No, of course it isn’t.’
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promised the UK would have a ‘world-beating’ test and trace system by the start of June, as the scheme is seen as essential to the UK easing lockdown measures further.
This news comes after the median R rate in the North West was the highest of all the regions, at 1.01, in the latest statistics last week.
On Monday June 8 England did report it’s lowest number of deaths, in all settings, due to COVID-19, since pre-lockdown, however on Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday June 10 the daily toll was above 200 on each day.
As of June 10 a total of 41,128 have died, in all settings, from COVID-19.