Coronavirus test and trace system ‘creating false sense of security’

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Ministers accused by city leaders and local councils of launching operation before it is ready to contain local outbreaks

Ministers have been accused of creating a “false sense of security” by launching a test and trace system that is not yet capable of controlling local outbreaks.

A series of concerns have been raised over the gaps in the system launched last week, with local health chiefs warning that they have not been given the time, powers or data to prepare for outbreaks in their area. They said that they were given details of their roles just four working days before Matt Hancock, the health secretary, launched test and trace last week.

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