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Contact tracing schemes launch in England and ScotlandContact tracing schemes launch in England and Scotland

The NHS test and trace service launches in England today, 28 May, to trace contacts of people who have tested positive with coronavirus (COVID-19). The accompanying guidance informs people what to do if they test positive for coronavirus or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. The NHS test and trace service is intended to:

  • ensure that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • help trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

Guidance - NHS test and trace: how it works, published 27 May 2020.

Guidance, NHS test and trace: workplace guidance, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, published 27 May 2020.

Government will be producing formal guidance for social care providers shortly, but have issued a preliminary explanation of what the arrangements will be: Test and Trace: guidance for social care employers about staff isolation dated 29 May 2020.

The above guidance relates to England only.

Scotland also launches its Test and Protect scheme to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus. More information

Northern Ireland already has a contact tracing scheme. More information The scheme in Wales is due to launch in early June.

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