To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with Newcastle City Council on the introduction of the test, track, and trace system for covid-19 in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
18 November 2020
NHS Test and Trace has always been a partnership between local and national government. Since August, NHS Test and Trace has provided local authorities with dedicated team of contact tracers to work alongside local public health officials to provide a more specialist service. Local public health officials can use the data provided by NHS Test and Trace to follow up with cases, which in some areas has involved local teams and voluntary partners visiting people at home. We are working with local authorities to see what further responsibilities could be handed down. More specifically, the Department and the Cabinet Office have engaged with local leaders and Directors of Public Health to discuss managing local outbreaks how local alert level restrictions may be implemented to reduce transmission of the virus and help protect the local population.