25 Oct Coronavirus: Quarantine for COVID contacts could be cut to seven days amid Test and Trace concerns | UK News
Contacts of people infected with coronavirus may have to self-isolate for as little as seven days amid concerns in Whitehall about the levels of public compliance with the NHS Test and Trace system.
Officials on the government’s COVID-19 taskforce are understood to be examining the case for reducing the current fortnight period of isolation to between 10 days and a week.
The move, which would not apply to those who test positive for the disease, comes amid growing dissatisfaction with the performance of the system from ministers and MPs.
Boris Johnson was said to have become “disillusioned” with statistics provided by the service after they proved to be wrong, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
At the same time, there were said to be concerns that the prospect of a lengthy period indoors if they are contacted by Test and Trace is deterring people from co-operating.
The Telegraph quoted a Number 10 source as saying: “Compliance is not as high as we would like and self-isolation is key if we are going to beat the virus.”
It comes after NHS Test and Trace, headed by Conservative peer Baroness Dido Harding, last week hit a record low with just 59.6% of the contacts of people who tested positive for the disease being successfully contacted and told to quarantine.
Senior Tory backbencher Sir Bernard Jenkin launched a scathing attack on the performance of the system, saying public consent and co-operation was “breaking down”, and called for Baroness Harding to be sacked.