Boris will drop the "Track" in "Test, Track and Trace" system, which is supposed to get Britain out of the block, and it will not be fully completed in time for the deadline
- Ministers said they should drop the trail after a negative reaction from the focus groups
- Boris Johnson suggested setting up a testing and tracing system by Thursday
- But structure has to be built and will not be "sing everything, dance everything".
- Prime Minister promised "World Beating System" to PMQs until June 1
- From June, 25,000 contact tracers can track 10,000 new cases every day
Ministers were told to drop the “trail” in Test, Track & Trace after focus groups showed that the concept frightened people.
The "Tracking" section refers to the NHS mobile app, which can tell if someone has been in close contact with a Covid positive person, which is not yet complete.
The government is now believed to be discussing a new formulation for testing, tracking and isolating as the formulation of the strategy becomes increasingly confusing to the public.
Ministers are told to drop the "trail" in Test, Track & Trace after focus groups have shown that the concept scares people when Boris Johnson tries to introduce a test and trace system before June 1st start
The Welsh government has chosen a "test, trace, protect" strategy, where "protect" refers to people whose viruses isolate themselves to prevent spreading to the rest of the population.
And the Scottish government has gone a step further with its "test, track, isolate, support" strategy, with support, including food and medication assistance, and financial support.
On Wednesday's Prime Minister's questions, union leader Keir Starmer Boris Johnson said the government had failed to track the spread of the disease after mid-March.
"It's been almost 10 weeks in a critical period with no effective traceability. It's a big hole in our defense, isn't it, Prime Minister?" He said.
The "Tracking" section refers to the NHS mobile app, which can tell if someone has been in close contact with a Covid positive person, which is not yet complete
Under pressure, Mr. Johnson claimed that the United Kingdom would have a world leading test, track and trace system by June 1st.
The program would include 25,000 contact tracers that should be able to track 10,000 new cases a day.
However, during the cabinet meeting on Thursday, the prime minister suggested that the program, although complete, would not be comprehensive, according to The Times.
"He suggested that it would not just sing but dance, but the system would be ready," said a minister of the publication. "He was optimistic that we could move on to the next phase of easing the ban, but it was too early to make that decision."
Mr. Johnson will announce the next steps on Thursday.
Matt Hancock, the health minister, asked people yesterday to "do their part" and isolate themselves when they came into contact with someone with the virus, even if they had no symptoms. No. 10 has not ruled out punishing people who are not isolated.
The National Statistics Office showed that of all those who claimed to have isolated themselves in the past seven days, only 28 percent had not left their homes. Alarm bells rang while the data was unclear.
"The difficulty with isolation is that the number of people who isolate themselves looks horrific," said an official. "People who think they are symptomatic are still not self-isolating."
Ministers have created a new unit – the Joint Biosecurity Center – under the leadership of Tom Hurd, a high-level counter-terrorist. Downing Street sees it as an attempt to take control of Public Health England (PHE).
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