UK PM Johnson vows 'world-beating' track and trace COVID system by Jun 1

UK PM Johnson vows 'world-beating' track and trace COVID system by Jun 1

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (May 20) that a programme to track and trace those suspected of having been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 would be in place by Jun 1.

He said the government would have recruited 25,000 trackers by the start of next month, capable of tracing 10,000 new cases a day, when the overall number of daily tests would have reached 200,000.

"We have growing confidence that we will have a test, track and test operation that will be world-beating and yes it will be in place by Jun 1," Johnson told parliament in exchanges with opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer.

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He initially told Starmer that he was confident it would be in place by that date if other conditions were satisfied and it was "entirely provisional".

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Source: Reuters/ga