Jonathan Ashworth – 2020 Comments on Increase in R Number

The comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Health Secretary, on 11 September 2020.

The increasing prevalence of Covid-19 is deeply worrying.

At the start of summer we warned Ministers that an effective test, trace and isolate regime was needed ahead of the autumn. Rather than following our advice Ministers have created a fiasco in testing and contact tracing.

It’s now urgent that an effective locally led public test, trace and isolate service is put in place to drive infections down and keep people safe. The Conservatives’ incompetence cannot hold Britain back from defeating the virus.