The comments made by Justin Madders, the Shadow Health Minister, on 6 August 2020.
It’s deeply concerning that the numbers are heading in the wrong direction again this week, with so many of the close contacts of people who have tested positive, and over 40 per cent of people in the same households, not being reached.
We now need a plan of action from Ministers that sets out what they are doing to address these huge holes in the contact tracing system.
If this means supporting local areas to establish their own local contact tracing systems and ending the failed contract with Serco – as Labour has been calling for, for some time – then Ministers must get on and implement this without delay. We urgently need to get test and trace back on track.