Wiltshire Council given £1.2m to support 'Test and Trace' system

Wiltshire Council given £1.2m to support 'Test and Trace' system

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:36am 18th June 2020.

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It's part of a £300m package for England that will help communities reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The government says local authorities are central to the NHS Test and Trace service.

The funding will help Wiltshire Council develop an action plan to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the county

Meanwhile Hampshire County Council has been given £4.7m.

Funding has been allocated to local authorities based on need.

Hampshire has 3,377 cases with an infection rate of 245 people per 100,000 whilst Wiltshire has 544 caess with an infection rate of 109 per 100,000 people.

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Work is being led by local authority leaders and local directors of public health in charge of planning, and will build on existing efforts to respond to coronavirus locally.

They are working in close partnership with local hospitals, GP practices, businesses, religious groups, schools and charities.

Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Nadine Dorries, said:

"Local authorities play a vital role in the effort to contain COVID-19 in their communities.

"The funding awarded today will help each local area work hand in hand with Public Health England and contact tracers to focus on the containment of local outbreaks, to control the transmission of this virus.

"The public response to the rollout of NHS Test and Trace has been fantastic, and we continue to rely on everyone to play their part and follow the latest guidelines.

"If you have symptoms of the virus, please book a test immediately and if you are contacted by the tracing service, it is vital that you follow their advice."


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