The NHS Test and Trace service is helping us to keep the spread of the virus at low levels by ensuring that we can quickly trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. This is playing an important role in helping ease restrictions but alongside the vital continuing importance of social distancing.
We are working closely with local authorities and local Directors of Public Health, sharing highly localised case data on a daily basis to understand and tackle local outbreaks. All 152 upper tier local authorities have created and shared their Local Outbreak Control Plans which focus on prevention, identification and management of outbreaks, and working to break the chain of transmission. We have also given councils £300 million in new dedicated funding to support their dedicated Local Outbreak Plans.