Coronavirus:TestandtrackingsystemlaunchedinEnglandandScotland

Thousands of contact trackers are making their first calls to track people who have been told to isolate themselves under the new test and tracking schemes launched in England and Scotland.


The tracer will send text messages, emails or call people who test positive for coronavirus and ask who they have contacted.

Those contacts who are considered to be at risk of infection will be told to quarantine for 14 days, even if they are not sick.

People already infected with the virus will also be required to isolate themselves.

The purpose of the system is to remove the lock-in restrictions and move towards more localized and targeted measures.

The 25,000 tracers working for the NHS testing and tracking team in England will first contact 2,013 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

Health Minister Matt Hancock said he believes that "the vast majority of people" will participate in the voluntary system.

He said: "In this war on viruses, we are all on the same side in the end, and we all have a role to play."

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to introduce Scotland's new "test and protection" system when he announces the relaxation of some locking measures later.

Northern Ireland already has its own version of the test and tracking program, and Wales ’plan will begin in early June.

An application on the Isle of Wight is still being tried to automatically remind people that they have contacted people who tested positive, but the government hopes the system will be up and running in England by next month.

Boris Johnson's plan to relax the blockade measures-including the reopening of the school in stages starting next week-will be confirmed in a formal review later.

People who show symptoms of coronavirus-who keep coughing, have a fever or suddenly lose their sense of taste or smell-must be quarantined for 7 days and the rest of their family for 14 days. This is consistent with the established rules.

But from now on, everyone with symptoms should request a test online or by phone 119 to schedule the test.

If the test returns negative, everyone in the family can return to normal. However, if the test results are positive, the contact tracking team or the local public health team will be contacted by text, email, or phone to discuss who the person is in close contact with and where they have been.

Any contact believed to be at risk of virus infection will send instructions via email or text message, regardless of whether they are sick or not, they will be quarantined for 14 days.

Only test when symptoms appear. Unless someone is sick, other families do not have to be separated.

Mr. Hancock said that if the NHS told people to do so, people would have to isolate themselves many times.

Those who have been infected with the virus must also isolate themselves, because it is unclear whether they can still spread it.

What is intimate contact?

The tracking program will only contact people who are “close” to the infected person.

The close contacts are:


People you spend 15 minutes or more and people less than 2m in
direct contact with you-such as sexual partners, family members or people who
have face-to-face conversations with you less than 1m in contact must come to the symptoms two days before the symptoms Within seven days of appearance.

Do I have to do what I said?

Health Minister Matt Hancock said in Wednesday ’s daily coronavirus briefing that following the instructions of the NHS test and tracking team is a public “citizenship”.

He added: "At first it will be voluntary, because we believe that everyone can do the right thing. But if we do, we can quickly make it mandatory."

Scientists, including those who provide advice to the government, warned that after Dominic Cummings, the prime minister ’s chief adviser, had struggled to gain public support for such measures.

Mr. Cummings was accused of violating parking regulations after driving 260 miles from London to County Durham because he said he was worried about his son ’s childcare after his wife became ill.

What about work?

Those who are required to isolate themselves will be eligible for statutory sick leave wages-£ 95.85 per week-but there are concerns that many workers will not be able to live on this amount and will be forced to continue working.

Shadow Health Minister Jonathan Ashworth urged the government to introduce “increased” sick leave pay, saying: “There will be some people whose working and employment conditions make it difficult for them (self-isolation), so they need this Safety."

TUC Secretary-General Frances O'Grady called on the government to expand sick leave pay to everyone and raise it to a "real living wage" of £ 260 per week.

She said that if workers were "stuck" when asked to isolate themselves, the entire testing and tracking system would be "broken."

News Reference: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52829357