Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government’s national Track and Trace system routinely uses shared surname and household data to identify the close contacts of people who are required to self-isolate.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to provide the details of people who are their recent close contacts, including all other members of their household. The information they are asked to provide about their close contacts includes: their name, phone number, email address, whether they are under 18 years of age or an adult, and how and where the individual came into contact with them. If this was through work, school, college or university, or another activity outside their home, such as a hospital or care home visit, a sports or leisure activity, or a visit to an event or a place of worship, the individual is asked to provide the location name and postcode.

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