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Evidence session on Covid-19 Track and Trace system

12 June 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will hold an evidence session to examine the implications of the Covid-19 Track and Trace system for local authorities.

Background

The NHS Track and Trace system forms part of the Government's strategy to ease lockdown restrictions and is intended to facilitate self-isolation of individuals who have come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19. The system went live across the UK on 28 May and has so far traced over 30,000 people, although there have been criticisms that significant numbers have been uncontactable or refused to self isolate.

Purpose of the session

The session will look at how the Track and Trace system will operate at a local level. It will examine the role of local authorities in the tracing individuals with suspected Covid-19, powers of enforcement and data collection The Committee will also consider the wider relationship between local and national Government in developing strategies for exiting lockdown, and the implementation of Local Outbreak Plans.

Witnesses

Monday 15 June

At 4pm 

Panel 1

  • Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board
  • Greg Fell, a member of the ADPH Board and Director of Public Health for Sheffield

Panel 2

  • Dr Clare Gardiner, Director General, Joint Biosecurity Centre
  • Tom Riordan, Senior Responsible Owner for Contain, Department of Health and Social Care, and Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Further information

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