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Thousands of new infections see almost 27,000 people told to self-isolate

by LLB Reporter
11th Jun 20 2:01 pm

The Department of Health has said that a total of 26,985 people have been told to self-isolate by the contact tracing system.

8,117 people tested positive for coronavirus between 28 May and 3 June and some 31,794 contacts were identified by the system, whilst 85% of those were contacted and told to isolate.

According to the data some 79% tested positive and were reached within 24-hours, and 14% were contacted within 48-hours.

Professor Karol Sikora, who used to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) said, that doctors could have placed coronavirus as the cause of death even if there was a hint of the virus.

Comparing to Germany he said they can only record coronavirus as the cause of death following an examination.

Professor Karol told The Daily Telegraph, “It could end up that more people have died because of lack of medical care directly caused by the unavailability of it because its facilities have been taken over for COVID-19.

“If we look at the numbers, how many people have really died from Covid-19 that wouldn’t be dead at the end of the year?

“The numbers vary enormously.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveals that the UK’s excess death toll could be as high as 63,500.

Baroness Harding said the vast majority of people who were contacted want to comply and provide contacts, but it is not a “mandatory process.”

She said, “These are very good numbers for compliance and we want to encourage people to be part of the system rather than have them be fearful about what might happen to them as they go through it.”

She said that the test and trace programme is not quite yet at the “gold standard,” but it is a “functioning service.”

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