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Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL5201, tabled on 3 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 test and trace system on easing the lockdown.

Answered on

30 June 2020

The NHS Test and Trace service forms a central part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy, which seeks to return life to as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects the National Health Service and social care.

Our ability to go further in easing restrictions, or the need to reintroduce further restriction measures, will depend on a range of factors, including most critically whether people following social distancing guidance and regulations. The more people follow the instructions, the safer we will be, and the faster we can safely lift the lockdown.

We are continuously assessing the impact of NHS Test and Trace and making improvements to the system. On 11 June, we published data on the first week of operation of the contact tracing element of the system, and we will be updating this on a weekly basis.