3 September 2020 – today’s press release

3 in 10 still not being contacted to isolate

Responding to the Government missing its 80% target for a tenth consecutive week, with more than 3 in 10 close contacts of people testing positive for COVID-19 not being contacted, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

With children going back to school, the priority has to be keeping people safe. Instead, Ministers have failed to deliver a comprehensive strategy to test, trace and isolate every case of coronavirus.

It is utterly unacceptable. The public deserves to know what is going wrong. That’s why the Liberal Democrats are calling for an independent inquiry to be launched now so we can learn lessons to prevent further spread of the virus.

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4 Comments

  • Peter Martin 4th Sep '20 - 5:26am

    “Instead, Ministers have failed to deliver a comprehensive strategy to test, trace and isolate every case of coronavirus.”

    This isn’t a realistic prospect.

    Without any testing and isolation at all and if, say, the R rate was 2 we’d have a exponential increase in the growth of Covid cases similar to what we saw in late March when the lockdown started. Every person infected would, on average, infect two others.

    But if we isolated just 50% of cases the R rate would drop to 1 and there would be no increase at all. If we isolate 70% the R rate drops to 0.6 and the disease starts to die out.

    Obviously 90% would be better than 70% , but we don’t have to be at 100% for the test and isolation policy to be effective.

  • Antony Watts 4th Sep '20 - 7:53am

    Enquiry, enquiry, enquiry. Forget it. Water under the bridge, moving fast too.

    Libe Dems must take a position, express it and let others know we could do it better. Full stop.

  • richard underhill., 4th Sep '20 - 8:59am

    Radio 3 today played the Manchester Rambler.
    “I’m a wage slave on Monday, but I’m a free man on Sunday”
    Imagine receiving volumes of verbal abuse for going for a walk, or climb, before the 1997 general election. What the Labour Party was doing then was a challenge to property rights for which they were not paying.
    The same dated principle of property rights relates to the singing of “Britons never, never will be slaves” at Promenade concerts which is currently in the news. Simply put this is OPPOSITION TO SLAVERY and free speech. Many of us joined a party whose slogan was FREEDOM FIRST and campaigned angrily to Free John MacCarthy (!!!) a British citizen who had been kidnapped in the Lebanon and of whom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had said she was going to do nothing and nothing was what she did while an Irish Prime Minister (Charles Haughey Fianna Fail) was helping the holder of an Irish passport who was freed without paying a ransom.
    My mother was a Conservative, until she died, when we found a Conservative party membership card among her papers, but she had named me after an English king who had been kidnapped in France. At Sunday school I was a Crusader and wore a badge.
    One of our councillors, somewhere, moved a motion at council to welcome the freeing of John MacCarthy and was surprised at the hostile reaction emanating from Tory councillors. One of the other kidnap victims was a churchman who had tried to negotiate, sent, at great personal risk, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, who have members of the House of Lords and could have raised the issue in parliament. I do not know whether they tried, but if they did they were not effective in persuading an unprincipled PM.

  • Clive Sneddon 13th Sep '20 - 1:31am

    The problem of unscrupulous rulers is as old as history. All I would add to what Richard says is that his namesake Richard the Lionheart, having successfully headed out to the Third Crusade by sea, made the mistake of coming back overland through the Holy Roman Empire, where a fellow Crusader Leopold V Duke of Austria captured him and demanded a large ransom, which as the tourist bus commentators there will tell you, paid for the fortifications of Vienna, no doubt using Richard’s latest military technology. At least his brother John left in charge in England got the ransom money together to get Richard back to fight his recalcitrant barons in France.

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