The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said its test and trace system against COVID-19 has now reached 250,000 people.
The service is designed to contact people who test positive for the virus and their contacts, in order to slow progression of the pandemic. DHSC said:
“The service is reaching over 79% of all those who test positive, and 83.4% of their contacts where contact details were provided, which is in line with the recognised metric of success for contact tracing services across the world.
“With a rise of 12% more people getting tested compared to the previous week, the data shows the public health campaign run by NHS Test and Trace to encourage greater uptake of testing for those with possible symptoms of the virus is working. In-person testing at mobile testing units, drive-through and walk-through testing sites continue to deliver results rapidly, with 93.6% of tests returned the next day.”
A new app for smartphones has been launched as part of the test and trace system, removing the need for contact details of people a virus carrier has met.
Read the DHSC press release for more information.