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Test and trace scheme has contacted fewer than half of those at risk of coronavirus, leaked report suggests

Test and trace scheme has contacted fewer than half of those at risk of coronavirus, leaked report suggests

Under the system, anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is asked to immediately book a test. If found positive, they are asked to hand over details of anyone with whom they have had close contact. 

They will then receive a text, email or phone call telling them to enter self-isolation for up to 14 days, and to book their own test if symptoms develop. 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the figures were “outdated”, but refused to provide up-to-date data on Tuesday night. 

Hours earlier, Mr Hancock had been rebuked by the UK’s statistics watchdog for providing inadequate data on testing, meaning it was “widely criticised and often mistrusted”. 

The UK Statistics Authority chairman, Sir David Norgrove, said the data published by the Government was “still far from complete and comprehensible”. 

He criticised the way in which the figures are presented at the daily Downing Street briefings, with

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Test and trace scheme has contacted fewer than half of those at risk of coronavirus, leaked report suggests

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