Coronavirus test and trace systems launched

Coronavirus test and trace systems launched
The UK Government has launched the NHS test and trace system to help further reduce the spread of Covid-19. FFMA is informed that there may be variations in implementation across the four jurisdictions of the UK. In Scotland, the system is called Trace and Protect. Whilst voluntary, the Government has stressed each person has a civic duty cooperate with the scheme. The system alerts people who have stood within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. To date, The FFMA has not received any specific advice for kew workers supplying the funeral profession. However, yesterday at the Cabinet Office and Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG) meeting, the DMAG raised a number of questions. These will be picked up via the DMAG meetings with representatives from governments across the four nations next week, with the aim of seeking clarification on a number of potential issues, such as whether key workers wearing PPE will still have to self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.

The test and trace system works by tracing contacts of anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Instructions on how to share details of people with whom you have had contact are sent electronically or via telephone call from the NHS following a positive test result. A Covid-19 app is also in development and is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight. The test and trace system is being developed for a full roll out by the end of June. Further details of how the system works can be found here and the test application process for essential workers, including funeral directors, can be found here. The FFMA will keep members advised once the system is clarified.