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