Lack of test and trace leaving local authorities blind-folded with regional lockdowns


Responding to the news that a rise in coronavirus cases in Preston has led the Government to reintroduce lockdown measures in that area from midnight, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

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"The Government must act now to reassure people in the Preston area that they are managing this serious outbreak. This is difficult when the Prime Minister has yet again brought in a regional lockdown without a press conference.

"Ministers must urgently examine the data and act immediately if necessary, hand in hand with local government, to keep people safe.

"However, this has not happened. Ministers have utterly failed to make sure we have a comprehensive test, trace and isolate system in place. This has left local authorities blind-folded whilst having to try and stop the spread of coronavirus in their communities.

"If we are to stop a potential second wave, the Government need to step up and ensure we prevent it happening in the first place. This requires fixing their failure to trace all those with the virus."


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