Marked improvement in COVID-19 test turnaround times
Government has published the fifth lot of test NHS Test and Trace data showing a marked improvement in turnaround testing times for COVID-19 test results. The data reveals that 97.5% of people who attend testing services will receive their result the following day. Additionally, 91% of test results from regional test sites and mobile testing units are returned to people within 24 hours. These figures are from the 25th June to the 1st July and show an improvement on previous data. This indicates that NHS Test and Trace is making progress on their objectives to lessen waiting times for test results. The service is also aiming to improve the contact-ability of positive cases which currently stands at 37.5%, a level which needs to rise to 50% in order for the contact tracing service to work most effectively.
At the end of May, 16.6% of tests at regional test sites and 2.5% of tests at mobile testing units were returned in under 24 hours. In total, more than 144,000 people have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace since its set-up. These extensive efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus will continue over the coming months. Overall, there are fewer outbreaks and less complex cases of the virus in England currently. The new Government trial of high-risk profession testing will commence today in order to gather data on these groups and to be able to assure any positive cases can appropriately self-isolate for the required time. In terms of data from NHS Test and Trace, it is expected that, in the coming weeks, this data will be merged with those from other parts of the testing effort in order to provide an end-to-end view of the service that follows the entire journey taken by those who engage with the Test and Trace programme. Testing data on Pillar 1 is also to be included in Government publications going forward with the help of Public