TEST AND TRACE: KEY TO OUR FREEDOM

Daily Express|May 28, 2020

TEST AND TRACE: KEY TO OUR FREEDOM
Hancock urges Britons to do their civic duty as new NHS service is launched today ‘to thwart the virus’
Macer Hall

A WORLD-beating test and trace programme will be rolled out in Britain today to kill off Covid-19.

Boris Johnson said the scheme – which lets people know if they have been in contact with a sufferer – will end the national restrictions.

Instead tiny local lockdowns will be put in place when the system reveals clusters of the disease. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said citizens who are contacted will have a “civic duty” to self-isolate for 14 days. But he insisted the test-and-trace system means: “We can control the virus and ultimately defeat it.” He gave details of the programme after the Prime Minister unveiled the launch at a question-and-answer session in Downing Street yesterday.

Mr Johnson said a 25,000-strong army of contract tracers will let people know if they have been near the disease.

He added: “What we will have tomorrow will be valuable, it will be useful, it will be a very important tool in our fight against coronavirus, but it will be getting steadily better to become a truly world-beating test and trace operation in the course of the next days as we go through June.”

He admitted that quarantine will be a “huge imposition” for many people but it was essential for lifting the national lockdown.

However, it will not be mandatory, at least at the start. Mr Johnson said: “We will be asking people to stay at home. If they don’t follow that advice, what we will be saying is we will consider what sanctions may be necessary.

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