After the No10 trial fiasco, do you still have faith in the NHS Test and Trace system?
After first stating that they would evade quarantine since they were part of a daily contact testing pilot scheme, BORIS JOHNSON and Rishi Sunak will now self-isolate. “Do you have faith in the NHS Test and Trace system after the Number 10 trial farce?” asks one website.
NHS Test and Trace informed both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor after they were in close touch with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. They initially stated that they would not be required to self-isolate because they were participating in a daily contact testing pilot scheme.
However, both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak have since stated that they will be isolating rather than participating in the scheme.
“Do you have faith in the NHS Test and Trace system after the Number 10 trial farce?” this website asks after their U-turn.
“The Prime Minister and Chancellor have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid,” a No10 official stated at the time.
“They will take part in the daily contact testing pilot, which will allow them to continue working from Downing Street.”
“During this time, they will only be executing vital government business.”
The news infuriated many people.
Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said it appeared to be “one rule” for them and “another” for the rest of the population.
“There will be parents across the country who have struggled when their children were sent home because they were trapped in a bubble and had to isolate themselves,” he said.
“There will be people across the country, especially in public services like the NHS, who will be forced to isolate when contacted.
“It appears that there is one rule for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak and another for the rest of us.
“At a time when we need to retain self-isolation confidence, people will look at this and ask what the hell is going on.”
Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party’s co-leader, added, “rage does not begin to cover it.”
“Hundreds of thousands of young people, including my children, have had their education and lives continually turned upside down after dutifully and responsibly isolating,” he said on Twitter. Then there’s this.
“Anger isn’t even close to describing it.”
Following widespread condemnation, the Prime Minister and Chancellor said that they would be isolating the country.
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