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Covid-19: UK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as nearly 10 million face lockdown

With local lockdowns set to spread report shows 90% of tests failing to hit turnaround target

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The coronavirus test and trace system was condemned as “barely functional” today as its tsar admitted demand was up to four times capacity, while 90% of tests were failing to hit the 24-hour turnaround target.

The Guardian has seen documents showing tracers taking up to two weeks to contact friends, relatives and workmates of people diagnosed with Covid-19 – the entire length of the self-isolation period.

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