Warning that coronavirus track and trace isn’t working well, as new outbreaks emerge – BBC News

by birtanpublished on July 20, 2020

A senior health official in blackburn with darwin a borough in the northwest with one of the highest infection rates for covert 19 in england has warned the current test and trace system isn't working well enough it comes as scottish authorities are investigating

Whether workers at an nhs test and trace facility in north lanarkshire have themselves become infected with coronavirus here's our health editor hugh pim

Blackburn today part of an area which has seen one of the biggest recent increases in coronavirus cases it's been identified by national health officials as needing enhanced support for tackling the virus

The local council has introduced its own measures including limiting household gatherings i think the two meter distance is more or less gone but that's not the council's fault

That's down to silly people in it we need to take control of the virus you know and um yeah i think i think at the end of the day if everybody just needs to or buy you know

By the rulings an investigation is underway at a blackburn mosque after around 250 people attended a funeral there's been a positive test result and the congregation contacted mosque

Leaders say there was a misunderstanding over the guidelines for a limit of 30 in communities like this the test and trace scheme is vital finding people who've been in contact with those who've tested positive

And telling them to self-isolate but the local public health chief said today the national system wasn't yet effective we could risk seeing an exponential growth because

Up to half of the people that may have been infected by an index case by the first case with the virus will themselves not know they are infected or at risk of infection and get tested and self-isolate

The department of health said the test and trace service was working closely with local authorities in england to help manage local outbreaks and data was shared daily in the week ending july the 8th

Officials managed to get through to 787 of those who tested positive that was up slightly on the previous week they were asked to give details of their recent contacts of those 711 percent were reached and

Asked to self-isolate that was down slightly in total since the scheme was launched in late may 156 000 contacts have been traced speeding up test results and getting to more contacts is seen as crucial as

Winter approaches experts say this is especially important in places where infections are seen to be on the increase there has to be very large uh testing uh in those areas

With tracing to to be able to to keep the epidemic under control and certainly i think that's where that if you like rise in the ability of us to test and the number of

Tests is incredibly important a cluster of cases links to a call center has been identified at bells hill near glasgow ironically part of the testing and tracing system

Another example of the local outbreaks which health officials around the uk are striving to identify and stamp out hugh pim bbc news well the new coronavirus only came to light at the end of last year and the more scientists

Study it the more they're learning about who is most at risk here's our medical correspondent fergus walsh the risk of catching and dying with kovid 19 varies

Dramatically depending on your age and roughly doubles every five to six years now if we look at data for england and wales up to the end of june if you're over the age of 90 there was a

One in 49 risk of dying with covid19 but just look how quickly that risk falls away the younger you are under the age of 45 there was a greater risk

Of dying in an accident during that period and for the 5 to 14 year olds the risk was won in 24 million there were three coveted deaths in that age group during that period

Compared to 138 from other causes but even though the risks to the young are incredibly low they can still pass on the infection to older and more vulnerable people i think the figures for covid are quite

Extraordinary we know that in normal life older people are at a greater risk of dying each year than younger people but for covid the difference between the old and young is far more extreme than in normal life

Older people might have a thousand ten thousand times the risk of a very young person of course it's not just your age that's important men are twice as likely to die in hospital with kovid 19

As women people living in deprived areas are also at increased risk as are some occupations such as security guards bus and taxi drivers now even after adjusting for

Socio-economic factors ethnicity plays a key role black and south asian men have up to twice the risk of dying as white men and women from these ethnic groups are

Also at increased danger then there's your overall health nine in ten people who've died have had at least one underlying condition such as

Diabetes high blood pressure or lung disease scientists have developed a tool to help them assess an individual's vulnerability to covid19 take peter he's a 63 year old white man

Now his body mass index of 37 adds five years to his covet age but it's his type two diabetes that has the biggest impact adding eight years giving him an overall covert age of 76 which places him

In a more vulnerable age group now what about mantech who's 65 we know women are less vulnerable than men so we can take eight years off her covert age but because she's of

South asian origin we have to add four years back on giving her an overall covert age of 61 now it's not possible to give a completely personalized risk

But it's clear that sex ethnicity age and overall health are key factors fergus walsh our medical correspondent reporting there

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