PM admits failings as England’s Covid contact-tracing system hits new low

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PM admits failings as England’s Covid contact-tracing system hits new low




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Expert says figures show £12bn system ‘struggling to make any difference to the epidemic’

Boris Johnson and his chief scientific adviser have admitted to failings in England’s £12bn test-and-trace system as contact-tracing fell to a new low and waiting times for test results soared to almost double the target.

Under pressure to explain new figures showing less than 60% of close contacts being reached, while test turnaround times rose to nearly 48 hours, the prime minister said: “I share people’s frustrations and I understand totally why we do need to see faster turnaround times and we need to improve it.”

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