(Source: The Guardian)
Leicester’s outbreak of Covid-19 was identified because of NHS test and trace, not in spite of it, according to Dido Harding who leads the programme.
“It is precisely because of NHS test and trace that we’ve been able to identify this outbreak early and take the right action,” said Harding. “We have been working really closely with the local health protection teams and the local authority over the last few weeks.”
They had deployed additional mobile testing units to Leicester, “which if you hadn’t got NHS test and trace up and running, no one would have known was necessary”.
She rejected suggestions that Leicester city council called on Public Health England for help because it had insufficient data from the community testing carried out by commercial companies which is part of NHS test and trace.
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