Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Test and Trace
Figures released on Thursday show that NHS Test and Trace is reaching a record number of positive cases, and their contacts, as the level of those using the service continues to increase week on week.
From 5 to 11 November, NHS Test and Trace successfully reached over 232,000 people and asked them to self-isolate; with a record number of positive cases (156,853) transferred to contact tracers, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the previous week.
Through the NHS Test and Trace programme, more than 35 million tests have been processed, nearly 680 test centres set up, testing capacity has been boosted to more than 500,000 a day and more than 2.3 million people have been successfully contacted by contact tracers, so that action can be taken to find who has the virus and to halt its spread.
As more and more people use NHS Test and Trace, the government is continually evolving and improving this service, and in doing so, strengthening this valuable tool to stop the transmission of Covid-19 and drive down the R rate.