Boris Johnson pledges “world beating” track and trace system within days

Published on May 21, 2020 by

Boris Johnson has told MPs he is “confident” that the government will have a “world beating” system to test, track and trace people with coronavirus infection by June 1st.

He was responding to criticism from Labour’s leader Sir Keir Starmer who said the lack of effective tracing of infected people had left a “huge hole in our defences”. The Labour leader compared the UK death toll to places with intensive test and tracing such as Germany and South Korea, where deaths are far lower.

Meanwhile many hospitals, which were adapted to deal with the pandemic are now trying to get back to normal. But the head of Ipswich hospital is warning that the implications of social distancing – and the possibility that Covid-19 could be with us “for several years” – means that the NHS must find new ways of working.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Correspondent Sophie Hutchinson and Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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