The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England has fallen week on week for the first time since the summer.
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Boris Johnson has said the Government’s Test and Trace system does provide “value” for money as its total budget soared to £22 billion.
People who are in close contact with those who test positive for Covid-19 could soon be offered a test every day for a week to see whether they have coronavirus, the Prime Minister has said.
Coronavirus patients have decried continued “confusion” with NHS Test and Trace, with some taking it upon themselves to inform their loved ones to self-isolate after the system failed to alert them.
An NHS boss has revealed he is the latest senior figure among those leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic to be forced into self-isolation.
Baroness Dido Harding, who leads the NHS Test and Trace programme, has revealed she is self-isolating after receiving an alert from the service she runs.
The first minister and a trade union have criticised the city council after teachers were asked to disable the track and trace app when working.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected a suggestion that NHS Test and Trace was having “no impact” on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
The NHS Test and Trace system has reached the lowest ever proportion of contacts of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England.
People who flout coronavirus rules in an “egregious” way in the second national lockdown in England have been warned to expect tougher action.
The head of the NHS in England has suggested that all patient-facing health service staff will soon be given routine Covid-19 tests.
A voiceover artist and writer has been described as a “genius” after she created a Halloween costume based on the NHS Covid-19 app.
Boris Johnson made a promise in July to increase the UK’s Covid-19 testing capacity to 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.
The Government is considering the rapid unrolling of saliva-based coronavirus kits in a bid to test up to 10% of England’s population every week, according to reports.
The NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales has received an update after an issue around unsupported languages left some unable to access it.
Plans to test 10 million people a day could see tens of thousands of people self-isolating needlessly, experts have said.
Hundreds of thousands more people are expected to be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions this week as ministers opened up on how areas could exit their lockdown measures.
Hundreds of thousands more people are preparing for the imposition of toughest coronavirus restrictions as talks continue between the Government and local leaders.
Contacts of people infected with coronavirus may have to self-isolate for as little as seven days amid concerns in Whitehall about the levels of public compliance with the Test and Trace system.
Analysing sewage for traces of coronavirus has helped officials spot spikes in Covid-19 cases in areas where relatively few people were being tested, according to the Environmental Department (Defra).
The Prime Minister has admitted that the NHS Test and Trace system needs to improve, after it was revealed that just one in seven people having a test at a centre is getting their result back in 24 hours.
The UK has reported its highest daily rise in lab-confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.
Wayne Rooney has been embroiled in a coronavirus drama after being visited by a friend who had been instructed to be tested for Covid-19 and was later found to have the disease.
Outsourcing giant Serco has said it expects profits to exceed expectations in 2020 as a result of the uptick in work since the global pandemic.
NHS Test and Trace has recorded its worst ever week for contact tracing as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said councils are bound to do a better job of coronavirus contact tracing and that the Government will be supporting them to do this.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in coronavirus hotspots look set to face fresh restrictions, as the Health Secretary warned Britain was at a “perilous moment” in the pandemic.
NHS Test and Trace has seen its worst week on record for the proportion of contacts it manages to trace.
Boris Johnson faces renewed pressure over the 10pm hospitality curfew as a pub chain announced hundreds of job losses and Tory MPs signalled they would rebel in protest at the restriction.