UK – Government launches coronavirus test and trace service

The UK government has today launched its NHS Test and Trace service in a bid to identify, contain and control coronavirus to reduce its spread and save lives

From now, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions, including people they have been in direct contact with.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.  But members of their own household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they would also self-isolate for 14 days.

« As we move to the next stage of our fight against coronavirus, we will be able to replace national lockdowns with individual isolation and, if necessary, local action where there are outbreaks,” said health secretary Matt Hancock…