The new NHS Test and Trace programme has now been rolled out, to help us move towards a more normal time.
The move will ensure we keep making progress in easing the lockdown while continuing to keep the virus under control.
The Government’s successful ramping up of testing capacity has allowed us to take this step forward.
𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐇𝐒 𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavi… 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝟏𝟏𝟗.
In this battle against the virus, we are all on the same side and we all have a part that we can play.
The 25,000 tracers working for England's NHS Test and Trace team have started and, if you or someone you have been in contact with tests positive for Covid-19 henceforth, you may get a follow-up (via text, email, or phone call) from the tracing team or the local public health team.
Anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus - a persistent cough, fever or a sudden loss of taste or sense of smell - must isolate for seven days and the rest of their household for 14 days. If the test comes back negative, everyone in the household can go back to normal.
The programme is designed to allow national lockdown restrictions to be replaced with individual isolation, allowing the vast majority to get on with their lives in a much more normal way, and could enable the national and local Governments to effectively manage local lockdowns to tackle flare-ups.
You can read more about the Government’s Test and Trace programme via the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works.