Press release from DHSC
Today we have released the statistics for the first week of the new Test and Trace service. These can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-28-may-to-3-june-2020
In the first week, 8.1k people who tested positive for coronavirus were transferred for contact tracing. Of those 8.1k people, we have successfully collected information about recent contacts for 5.4k (67%). NHS Test and Trace has helped those who have tested positive for the virus to identify nearly 32k close, recent contacts. And as a result of NHS Test and Trace contacting these people, 27k - 85% - have confirmed that they are now self-isolating.
Local authority funding update
The Government has today confirmed how £300 million of funding will be allocated to Local Authorities across England to support test and trace services in their local communities.
Funding will help local communities develop and action plans to reduce the spread of coronavirus in their area, and has been allocated to councils based on need. This includes additional funding for communities with lower incomes and higher demand for local healthcare settings. This funding is in addition to the £3.2bn package of support the Government has provided to councils.
Data on the spread of the virus will be shared with local authorities through the Joint Biosecurity Centre to inform local outbreak planning, so teams understand how the virus is moving.
A new National Local Government Advisory Board has been established to work with NHS Test and Trace. This will include sharing best practice between communities across the country.
Work to share lessons learned is being led by a group of 11 local authorities from across the UK, representing rural and urban areas, who have volunteered to help localise planning.