UK lays off 6,000 contact tracers after report they were ‘paid to watch Netflix’ – Fox News

The sluggish turn-around prompted frustrated local authorities to establish their own contact-tracing networks, which have shown more efficient since they understand communities much better and can go door-to-door if needed.

The United Kingdom laid off 6,000 coronavirus contact tracers who apparently were “paid to view Netflix” in the middle of scrutiny of the failure by Britains NHS Test and Trace program to reach huge swaths of people who have actually evaluated positive for COVID-19.

Since June 3, just 1,749 of the reported people infected had actually been contacted by tracers, according to regional reports.

In early June, a clinician with the NHS Test and Trace program speaking on the condition of anonymity informed the BBC that regardless of 4,456 verified COVID-19 cases reported to the Test and Trace plan in a three-day period after the programs launch on May 28, she had yet to be assigned a single case.
” Ive had no contact from anyone. Ive had no contact from managers. Ive literally been on the system, refreshed the system, and captivated myself throughout that viewing Netflix,” the individual said.

Authorities are hoping that a more localized approach will fix the problematic national system, which workers grumbled counted on outdated details and inefficient techniques that struggled to reach even a portion of the contacts exposed to COVID-19.

CORONAVIRUS HAS INFECTED MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
The staying 12,000 workers will now be dispatched to work with regional public health authorities on tracing, the Department of Health and Social Care announced on Monday.
Authorities plan to open over 200 walk-in centers around the country by October to add to more than 200 mobile testing systems currently in operation.

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Now, months after the pandemic has actually eliminated more than 46,500 people in the UK– the greatest tally in all of Europe– nationwide authorities are embracing the very same approach.
The health department said the new system “integrates the specialist local knowledge with the extra resources and data required from NHS Test and Trace.”