Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday during the House of Commons PMQ’s that that England’s test and trace is “as good as or better than” any other country.
Johnson was challenged over the government’s preparations for a second wave after a report saying that England should expect 120,000 hospital deaths.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer hit back at Johnson said he is “kidding no-one” in claiming the NHS test and trace programme is a “stunning success.”
During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Johnson told MPs, “Our Test and Trace system is as good as or better than any other system in the world and yes, it will play a vital part in ensuring that we do not have a second spike this winter.”
The Prime Minister was asked if he had read that scientific report which was prepared by the Academy of Medical Sciences, commissioned by the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
Johnson said he is “aware of the report” and said the government are taking “every reasonable step” in preparing England for a possible second wave.
Johnson hit back at Sir Keir and accused the Labour leader of “endlessly knocking the confidence of the people of this country.”
Johnson was told by Sir Keir, “It’s perfectly possible to support track and trace and point out the problems.
“Standing up every week and saying it’s a ‘stunning success’ is kidding no-one – that isn’t giving people confidence in the system.
“They would want a Prime Minister who stands up and says, ‘there are problems and this is what I’m going to do about them’ – not this rhetoric about ‘stunning success’ when it’s obviously not true.