UK NEWS: Sir Keir Starmer presses Boris Johnson to test and to follow

Sir Keir Starmer pressed Boris Johnson for the implementation of the NHS test and trace system in England, during the prime minister’s questions.The Labor leader said it was “extremely difficult” to reach more than 10,000 people with coronavirus, despite an estimated 33,000 cases.

Mr Johnson, however, criticized Sir Keir for not supporting the government. PM also dismissed questions about the tracking app for those who are infected with the virus.

As it happens: PMQs
How does contact access work?
Germany has the Covid-19 app, where is the UK?
Sir Keir began his inquiry by saying that the workers were looking to the government’s announcement on Tuesday to reduce further restrictions on England’s closure from July 4.

But he said in order for it to work safely “we need effective tracking, tracking and isolation”.

He added: “The Prime Minister has promised that the global strike will take place on 1 June.

“I see the hard work that goes into this, but if two-thirds of those with Covid-19 are not available and have been asked to provide contact information, there’s a big problem, isn’t it?”.Mr Johnson said Sir Keir was “amazed at the success of the tests and the tracking”, adding: “Against his knowledge of the dark, it has risen faster than expected.

He said up to 87,000 contacts of those tested for coronavirus, said that his partner “paid taxes” to the team working on the program.However, Sir Keir blamed the Prime Minister for “not answering the question”.

The Labor leader said the number of undocumented people meant there was a “huge gap” in the system, adding: “The Prime Minister is taking risks by making mistakes he made early in the disease – by dismissing the challenge, fast and not measuring the risk.”

Mr Johnson blames Sir Keir for “not giving them a false idea of ​​what the test is and what the process is”, saying it affects “a large number of those who check that he has all other contacts and keeps them separate”.

He also called it a “commendable achievement”, saying Labour was “back in contention”.

Sir Keir also said he supported his opening of the Lockdown. “The suggestion that the monitoring and tracking system should have reached 33,000 people needs to be treated with caution.

It is a measure made by the National Statistics Office based on the Government’s official public surveillance system.

Based on 10 positive cases from 24,500 people surveyed. The ONS itself states that lower prices mean any wider expansion that should be widely distributed.In addition, it will include asymptomatic cases – where people do not show symptoms and do not know they are infected so they are not expected to come for testing.

The most recent data for the English surveillance and tracking system shows more than 10,000 people who were diagnosed – three-quarters of those referred to tracers – joined the service and provided contacts. Of those contacts, nine out of 10 were reached and asked to isolate themselves.

That does not mean there are no weaknesses in the system. My friends. But it is difficult to see the extent of the diseases that have been lost and whether that is a systemic, public or because of the illusion of the virus.

How is the tracking system going?


The NHS test and trace scheme – which the Prime Minister says could “strike the ground” – was launched on May 28.

According to figures released on June 18:

14,045 people who have been tested for HIV have been referred to the program
Of these, 10,192 (72.6%) provided details of their recent contacts
Contacts reach 96,736 people – of these, 87,639

people were reached and asked to self-isolate
The 33,000 figure referenced by Sir Keir Starmer comes from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It’s reached by testing a sample of people and working out what percentage of them are infected and then applying that to the population as a whole.

It’s an estimate but not a figure for actual people who have been tested, so tracers would not be able to contact them all.

The Labour leader also questioned the PM about when a mobile phone app to track people who had been in contact with others carrying the virus would be up and running.

He said it was the “only way of tracking unknown contacts”, such as people on beaches or in a park, who had been in close contact with one another.

The Labour leader quoted Health Secretary Matt Hancock – who called the app “critical” in May, but later said it was “only ever additional support” – asking the PM, “Which is it?”

Mr Johnson said there was “not a single country in the world that has a functional contract tracing app”, but England’s test and tracing system was working.

Sir Keir said Germany had a working app with 12 million downloads, before pushing the prime minister on a number of delays to the app and its cost of £12m.

“Other countries are ahead of us,” he said. “When are we going to have a working app?”

The PM said his opposite number was “completely wrong” about Germany, and said the government had “always been completely clear that the app was the icing on the cake”.

He concluded: “What we do have is a fantastic NHS test and trace operation that is already up and running, that is going to get better and better, and will be indispensable to our future success.”

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