UK coronavirus live: economy slumps as Boris Johnson faces calls for inquiry into health crisis

Posted by on June 12, 2020 3:32 am
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British economy sees biggest monthly slump on record while families of coronavirus victims call for inquiry into government’s handling of pandemic

8.32am BST

One third of people who tested positive for coronavirus and were transferred to the NHS Test and Trace app were not successfully contacted because they “simply didn’t feel like answering the phone,” health minister Edward Argar has said.

In the first week of the app being in use, 8,117 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England had their case transferred to the NHS system.

8.27am BST

Edward Argar, a junior minister at the department of Health, is being pressed on BBC Radio 4 about when the track and trace app which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight will be ready.

He’s repeating that new ministerial mantra that the app is (altogether now) the “cherry on the cake.”

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