Covid19 - Why the Test and Trace system is so crucial

Published: 06 November 2020

Coronavirus updates


Why the Test and Trace system is so crucial

In our latest video, Vicky Head, Director of Public Health explains why the Test and Trace system is crucial to keeping infections low.

Registrar, Marimba Carr stresses the point about those who do test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the scheme to make sure they understand the regulations.

And Zahid Ullah, Senior Public Health Officer makes the point about checking that people from the same household are also in the loop, so the Council does not need to make extra calls in contacting them separately.

Please watch the video and share this with your friends and family.

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Vicky Head, Director of Public Health

Why the Test and Trace system is so crucial to keeping infections as low as possible

Weekly figures

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the last week (week ending 1 November) has increased by 63 cases compared to the same point last week to 284 cases.

The headline statistics from our weekly COVID report and our Public Health partner councils are provided below:

  • Luton: 473 cases (up 122 from the previous week)
  • Milton Keynes: 311 cases (up 28 from the previous week)
  • Bedford: 201 cases (up 31 from the previous week)

Weekly COVID figures 1 November

This week's report

New national restrictions

National restrictions will apply in England from 5 November until 2 December.

You must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions.

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK - Coronavirus

New restrictions

Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test.

Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You can get a test for someone you live with if they have these symptoms. Do not get tests for people you live with who do not have these symptoms.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result.

Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

Get a test

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