By Rachael Grealish
The latest statistics are in for what the Prime Minister called a ‘world beating test and trace system’ and they still show less than 80 percent of people are being contacted to provide details.
Between the dates July 9 and 15 a total of 3,953 new people tested positive for COVID-19 and of those 3,887 people had their case transferred to the contact tracing system.
However, when it came to the number of those who provided details of recent close contact only 3,098 people (79.7 percent) were reached.
Furthermore, of that number less than 80 percent again, 2,474, actually provided details of one or more recent close contacts.
Although this is an increase from the previous week where 79.5 percent were reached and asked to provide details.
This news comes after Boris Johnson called the test and trace system ‘world beating’, during PMQs, on Wednesday July 15.
During the penultimate session of PMQs before the summer recess Johnson said test and trace is working at ‘unprecedented scale’ and 144,000 people had agreed to self-isolate.
He added: “Our test-and-trace system is as good as or better than anywhere else in the world.”
The PM was then grilled by the leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, about the number of people contacted by test and trace ‘falling week-on-week’ – at which point the overall percentage of people who had been reached to provide contacts since May 28 until July 8 sat at 68.6 percent.
Between May 28 and July 15, 77.1 percent of people had been contacted by the test and trace system.
Along with this, for the last six days the Government has been able to provide the public with a total and daily number of deaths due to COVID-19.
This comes after the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, ordered an urgent review of the daily COVID-19 death statistics produced by Public Health England, after it emerged that they may include recovered former sufferers who could have died of other causes.
However some doctors and scientists had criticised the Health Secretary’s decision calling it ‘odd’.
Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London (UCL) and an Independent Sage group member, told The Sun the way PHE calculates data could become an issue as time goes on but she did not believe there had been a ‘massive distortion’.
She added: “For Matt Hancock to suddenly be launching a massive inquiry is odd.
“The Department of Health website says quite clearly how each country is doing its death calculations, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to him. That’s what I find really odd.”