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    fecking useless and expensive.

    Test and trace fails to contact 110,000 in English Covid hot spots | World news | The Guardian


    The government’s £22bn test-and-trace system has failed to reach more than 100,000 people exposed to coronavirus in England’s worst-hit areas since the second wave began, official figures show, with four in 10 not asked to self-isolate.

    A Guardian analysis found that the privately run arm of the test-and-trace programme had reached 58% of the close contacts of infected people in the country’s 20 worst-hit areas since 9 September, having barely improved since its launch.

    Boris Johnson defended the value of the struggling system in a Downing Street briefing on Monday after it received a further £7bn in funding, taking its cost to £22bn this year. This amounts to nearly a fifth of the NHS budget and about the same as the Department for Transport’s.

    The health secretary, Matt Hancock, told MPs on Tuesday that test and trace “was functioning to reduce transmission enormously” and had “broken the chains of transmission hundreds of thousands of times” before England’s second national lockdown on 5 November.

    However, official figures suggest its performance has waned as demand has increased. The proportion of close contacts being reached across England fell to its lowest level in October, to just over 60%.

    In the areas with the highest infection rates, the private firms Serco and Sitel have reached 58% of exposed people since the start of the second wave, meaning the programme has barely improved on its 55% success rate in its first 11 weeks.

    The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said that 80% of an infected person’s close contacts must be contacted and told to self-isolate within 48 to 72 hours for the national programme to be effective.
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    "The government’s £22bn test-and-trace system has failed to reach more than 100,000 people exposed to coronavirus in England’s worst-hit areas since the second wave began, official figures show, with four in 10 not asked to self-isolate".

    That is about 44 times the amount spent on cancer research
    How many lives could have been saved spending £22bn on Cancer facilities, scans and research.
    Would be interesting to know how many lives test and trace has saved comparatively.

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    If it's any comfort, according to Private Eye's MD, no other European country has done better. Apparently Taiwan show how it's done. Nightclubs give burner phones to members, under a pseudonym. (This idea originated in the need to track the spread of AIDs but retaining people's privacy but has been updated to the modern age). People under quarantine must install an app tracking their movements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    If it's any comfort, according to Private Eye's MD, no other European country has done better. Apparently Taiwan show how it's done. Nightclubs give burner phones to members, under a pseudonym. (This idea originated in the need to track the spread of AIDs but retaining people's privacy but has been updated to the modern age). People under quarantine must install an app tracking their movements.
    But we aren't Taiwan*..blah...blah...blah

    *Insert country doing well of your choice
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    Most avatars on this forum are not masked up, so it's a bit stupid to expect things to be the same as in Asia where mask usage is universal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtW View Post
    Most avatars on this forum are not masked up, so it's a bit stupid to expect things to be the same as in Asia where mask usage is universal.
    How do you mask vodka bottles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    How do you mask vodka bottles?


    Works every time...

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    Redistribution of wealth from the public purse to the private sector, Number 1 priority since the financial crisis.

    Year on Year growth, year on year austerity.

    This year, we've said that PHE is failing with test and trace (The PHE that everyone said would fail when the Public Health Act 2012 was forced in) - and replaced it with a 100% private chain of operations with ZERO expertise, facilities or ability.

    After years working offshore in UK overseas territories and seeing small scale corruption, coming home was eye opening .

    It's just pure corruption, plain and simple - but I think its that endemic now, that the people who are doing it, dont even think they are.

    Public Funds are for public services and infrastructure, yet in the past 10 years we've been shown that the Private sector get priority when it comes to spending them. It's cross party too, Darling bought out the banks , with cross party support. (so much for market forces making failing businesses fail).

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