COVID-19 track-and-trace army of 25,000 tracers to launch this week - if app's glitches are fixed

COVID-19 track-and-trace army of 25,000 tracers to launch this week - if app's glitches are fixed

Ministers will launch the vaunted new track-and-trace programme this week with an army of 25,000 recruits battling to lead Britain out of the coronavirus crisis. The plan – to track down those who have been in close contact with Covid-19 victims and isolate them to stop the chain of transmission – will swing into action as ‘part of the largest virtual call centre operation in the country’. Using a model which has proved effective in other countries and which has been trialled with an app on the Isle of Wight, tracers will contact those who test positive for the virus. They will then ask them for information about people they have been in prolonged contact with who may have been exposed – most likely household members or workplace colleagues. A No 10 spokesman said: ‘A test-and-trace system lets us identify and isolate new infections so that we can control the spread of this virus, which will be vital while coronavirus remains present in the UK. ‘As we continue on the road to recovery this will mean that, in time, lockdown will no longer be necessary for the majority of the public and instead it will be possible for there to be a targeted lockdown for a small number of people.’ The announcement came as Baroness Dido Harding, appointed to lead the programme, was revealed to have sat on the board of the Jockey Club, which gave the controversial green light for the Cheltenham Festival. It was blamed for causing a spike in Covid-19 infections in the area ...
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