What does the government say about the system? The Government's "test, track and trace" programme to monitor the spread of coronavirus in the UK will give people more freedom and allow the public to get back to a "normal degree of life", according to the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. … [Read more...] about How will the NHS test and trace system work and who will need to isolate
Relaxing the rules relies on good testing and tracing, with public trust vital for compliance. But the testing figures are still a fraud: the government claims there is the capacity to perform 161,000 tests a day and that “84% of the tests from the drive-through centres are returned within 24 hours, 95% of all tests are returned within 48 hours”; but Radio 4’s More or Less has revealed that in reality barely half the number announced are actual people tested, once duplicate tests and non-tests are deducted. Without honesty and precision, nothing will be trusted. … [Read more...] about For test and trace to work, the public needs to trust this government. But how can we?
The question marks over his long-term future follow a political furore over Mr Cummings's decision to drive his wife and young son 260 miles to his parents' farm in Durham at the start of the lockdown. While they were there, the couple visited a nearby beauty spot. … [Read more...] about Dominic Cummings could quit in six months: Boris’s under-fire advisor is considering leaving after Brexit and civil-service shake-up are complete
'We're enormously grateful for the efforts of the British public in sticking by the rules and getting the infection rate down and that does mean that from June 1 we will be able to allow people to have some more social contact in a safe and socially-distanced way. I'm sure that members of the public will show common sense.' … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t tear the pants out of it!’ Government adviser Prof Van-Tam warns public not to abuse liberties and risk pushing R rate above 1 when lockdown is eased and says ‘we’re at a very dangerous moment’ after huge crowds swarm beaches in 82F temperatures
Give hope to young people The call of those committed to action to help young people was relevant and timely (“An open letter: why we need a National Youth Corps”, Comment). The idea of a Youth Corps is not new. From 1998, the New Deal for the Young and Unemployed incorporated a range of options to tackle head on youth unemployment, following the Labour victory. As education and employment secretary, I and colleagues could take this forward because of the investment made available by Gordon Brown through the levy on the profits of the utilities. What was interesting in terms of the take-up (up to 100,000 in the first year) was the desire of young people to rejoin education and training, but their lack of enthusiasm for opportunities where they could not see a medium-term prospect of a job. … [Read more...] about Letters: Dominic Cummings’ actions damage public trust