Test and trace is still crucial to curbing Covid, but can it cope with ‘freedom’?

Posted by on July 19, 2021 1:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

The £37bn system is facing rapidly rising cases and waning compliance as social distancing rules are lifted in England

The £37bn test-and-trace system is described by the government as Britain’s “second line of defence” against Covid, behind the public health mantra of “Hands. Face. Space”. As England limps uncertainly into so-called freedom day on Monday, when rules around mask-wearing and social distancing will be relaxed, the programme becomes arguably even more crucial.

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