Test Track and Trace Isolates 88K by Second Week of Operation

Posted on 22nd June, 2020


The government has released a NHS Experimental Statistical Report (PDF) - "Note that figures for last week’s release have been revised". Also "To ensure consistent reporting across all pillars we have paused reporting the number of people tested due to an issue with the data for pillar 2" i.e. swab testing for the wider population (Test Types - PDF 21JUN20):

"In total, since 28 May 2020: 14,045 people who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) had their case transferred to the contact tracing system, of whom 72.6% (10,192 people) were reached and asked to provide details of their recent close contacts. 87,639 people were identified as close contacts [and asked to self-isolate] and reached through the contract tracing system out of 96,746 reported (90.6%)." (BBC article 18JUN20) i.e. one anonymous person testing positive results in 9 people in lockdown. 

So who are these contacts that are within the 2m social distance, for more that 15 minutes, that are not household members?


The following is from NHS Trace & Trace How it Works: (11JUN20 PDF): They will ask you:

  • "if you have family members or other household members living with you. In line with the medical advice they must remain in self-isolation for the rest of the 14-day period from when your symptoms began
  • ["Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home "
  • if you have had any close contact with anyone other than members of your household. We are interested in in the 48 hours before you developed symptoms and the time since you developed symptoms.
  • Close contact means:
  • having face-to-face contact with someone (less than 1 metre away)
  • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of someone
  • travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane
  • if you work in – or have recently visited – a setting with other people (for example, a GP surgery, a school or a workplace)
  • We will ask you to provide, where possible, the names and contact details (for example, email address, telephone number) for the people you have had close contact with."


See previous Test Track and Trace Isolates 27K in its First Week of Operation 


See Check your mobile phone for a Track and Trace API  


See Weston Hospital Closed due to COVID19  


See BOB Coronavirus Information page 

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