LONDON: Different opinions from different scientists are floating in regards of second wave of Covid-19. Some are hopeful for no more disaster other say more horrific compare to first one.
A total of 6,732 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England in the week to August 26 – the highest seven-day number since the week to June 3. It also marks a six per cent in infections on the previous week, according to the latest Test and Trace data.
The figures were released after Health Secretary Matt Hancock acknowledged that a second spike in the pandemic remained possible in Britain.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Thursday that while efforts to curb transmission are “going well”, authorities remained “very worried” about a potential second wave. Since the launch of the Test and Trace programme in England in May, 270,559 close contacts of people who have tested positive for the virus have been reached and asked to self-isolate.
This is 79.7 per cent out of a total of 339,635 people identified as close contacts.Some 69.4 per cent of close contacts were reached through the system in the week ending August 26, according to new figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.
This is down from 77.1 per cent in the previous week, and the lowest weekly percentage since Test and Trace began.
For cases handled by local health protection teams, 97.3 per cent of contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate in the week to August 26.
By contrast, for those cases handled either online or by call centres, 59.8 per cent of close contacts have been reached and asked to self-isolate.
Meanwhile, Mr Hancock has insisted that the Test and Trace system is “working well”. He told Sky News: “At the moment the system works well. Of course there are operational challenges from time to time but it works well.
Long distance test
Prioritising coronavirus testing in high-risk areas has led to shortages in other places, leading to some people with symptoms being asked to drive more than 100 miles for a swab.
The government says areas with fewer Covid-19 cases have had their testing capacity reduced to cope with outbreaks elsewhere. But public health experts warn this could miss the start of new spikes.
Meanwhile, a £500m fund to trial a 20-minute saliva test has been unveiled. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC that testing was being focused on areas with outbreaks where case numbers were much higher, but the “vast majority” of people could get a test “close to home”.
He admitted there were “operational challenges”, adding that the trial of new rapid tests could “solve the problem”.