COVID-19: ‘Large number’ of contact tracers to be fired – as PM prepares to announce loosening of lockdown

COVID-19: ‘Large number’ of contact tracers to be fired – as PM prepares to announce loosening of lockdown
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The number of coronavirus contact tracers in England is set to be slashed – just as the prime minister prepares to announce a loosening of lockdown, according to leaked messages obtained by Sky News.

Test and Trace staff have been told that the workforce would be reduced “as a result of the decreasing levels of prevalence” of COVID-19 across the country, even though internal messages admit that cases are likely to increase after lockdown is lifted.

It is not known how many coronavirus contact tracers will be let go, but the message said the move would affect “a large number” of so-called Tier 3 contact tracers.

The contact tracers are employed on two-week rolling contracts by outsourcing giants Serco and Sitel, which manage the…



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